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Post PTL 



Charles W. Turner 



A New Year and a clean page -- 
just a thought. Unfortunately, it 
is not quite that easy. It would be 
nice if a few resolutions and a 
new calendar on the wall could 
change the past, but they can- 
not. Last year's actions will still 
have an effect on this new year. 
In the religious world the "'PTL 
Happening" of last year con- 
tinues to change the course of 
history. It has a way of changing 
the work and thoughts of today. 
You did not have to be involved to 
have felt the results. All of Chris- 
tianity has been impacted and 
the way Christianity is perceived 
has been changed. 

Some months after the event 
some things are becoming clear. 
Let me start the New Year by 
sharing some of my thoughts. 
The Era of the Religious Televi- 
sion Personality has been forever 
changed. The freely flowing 
funds to such groups will never 
be the same and the problems 
caused by the decreased flow of 
cash to such works will not find 
quick and easy solutions. People 
who were doubters of these 
ministries have become hostile, 
the people who tolerated these 
works are now skeptics and the 
devotees even have their doubts. 
This all adds up to less cash and 
a lot fewer supporters. There has 
been and will continue to be a 
decrease in this type of program- 
ming. It will not die, but it is 
"losing a lot of pounds as the 
dieting process takes place". 

Another victim of the year is the 
religious music market. I use the 
term "religious" because I cannot 
bring myself to use the word 
"Christian". The crossover lines in 
music appealing to the secular 
reached awesome degrees. Now it 



is "bottom line" time and there 
is going to be a deficit. This 
phase of "Christian Show Time" 
was open to question and now 
the answer to the question is that 
it went much, much too far. The 
beat was bad, the words were in- 
comprehensible and the results 
were reprehensible. Many Chris- 
tian recording companies are 
going to be forced to take a look 
at their products. Music has be- 
come another one of the doubt- 
ful areas of this new tinsel 
religion. 

The glitter of our 

time bewitched us 

for a moment, hut it 

need not he a case of 

permanent blindness. 

PTL showed us that the use of 
funds is an area of concern in 
Christian stewardship. What we 
saw at PTL was being done in 
churches as well. Some of the 
critics were as guilty as PTL. 
Funds given by believers were 
channeled to other needs or long 
delayed in reaching their in- 
tended area of ministry. A 
church of 100 which works with 
hundreds of dollars and misuses 
funds given by members by us- 
ing them for purposes other than 
those designated is doing the 
same as PTL did with millions. 
Using designated mission funds 
to pay light bills and salaries in- 
stead of sending them to mis- 
sions is a problem similar to that 
at PTL. It is alright to be critical 
of PTL, but watch that we do not 
do the same with funds en- 
trusted to the local church 



treasury. There are a lot of sad 
stories to tell along this line in 
our Brethren Churches. 

Another serious problem 
which started long before PTL is 
the decline in volunteers for the 
ministry and the lowering image 
of the ministry. The story here is 
frightening from all Christian 
groups. The number of young 
men entering the Christian 
ministry is on a sharp decrease. 
The ministry is a call, but the 
call is not so clear when a young 
man in the pew sees only the 
struggles of the man in the 
pulpit. This is a difficult time for 
pastors and the answers are not 
easy. The Christian ministry and 
the pastorate are just not attrac- 
ting enough young men at this 
time. The reaction to Christiani- 
ty by the unbeliever is more 
negative now than at other times 
and the degree of respect seems 
to have declined. I have heard 
more jokes recently with the 
ministry as the center of them 
than I have heard in years. 

So, it is 1988 and a New Year. 
It is also a year of challenge and 
opportunity. God did not promise 
roses now, but He did promise 
glory later. The test is to see what 
we have in our hearts. Conser- 
vative Christianity is wearing a 
black eye and the word "fun- 
damental" is a point of fun to 
many. It is time to get down to 
the business of working for the 
Lord. Cute schemes and novel 
ideas at seminars have passed; it 
is time to get back to the Word 
and Prayer and God. The glitter 
of our time bewitched us for a 
moment, but it need not be a 
case of permanent blindness. 
Here we are in Post PTL. What 
are you going to do about it? M 



HERALD/ January 15, 191 



TABLE OF CONTENTS 



Publisher Charles W. Turner 
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Foreign Missions 

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Joel Curry 
Home Missions 

Robert W. Thompson 

Liz Cutler 
Women's Missionary Council 

Linda Unruh 
Cover Photograph 

Steven L. Fry 



The Brethren Missionary 
Herald is a publication of the 
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Brethren Missionary 




Volume 50 



January 15, 1988 




2 Editorial 

Post PTL! 

Charles W. Thrner 

4 Devotional 

Contentment 



6 HOW TO: 

Open Heart, 
Open Home 

Jeanette Stewart 

8 Foreign Missions 
FRANCE: A Land 
of Variety 

Dave Hobert 



12 National Conference 

A Call 

to Compassion 

Dean Fetterhoff 

14 Current Christian Issues 

So Long, Ebenezer 

Warren W. Wiersbe 

16 Brethren Personalities 

40 Years in Africa 

Raeann Hart 
20 Fellowship News 



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Foreign Missions 

News Briefs 



21 WMC 

The Blessings 
of Prayer 

Mary Hammers 

22 Home Missions 

A Trip Through 
the Fire 

Liz Cutler 

25 Home Missions 

News in Brief 

26 BEM 

A Pastor's 
Longing 
for Revival 

Dr. Truman Dollar 
30 Fellowship News 




ERALD/ January 15, 1988 



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Contentment 

How many of us feel as contented as a cat asleep on a window sill, oblivious 
of the storm that may be raging outside? Our Lord has given us many promises 
of our everlasting contentment and directions to help us achieve contentment 
in this world. What better way to begin a new year than by practicing con- 
tentment and leaning on His everlasting arms? 



Pursue Godliness 

"But Godliness with contentment is great gain. For we 
brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing 
out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be con- 
tent with that. People who want to get rich fall into temp- 
tation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful 
desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction. For 
the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some peo- 
ple, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and 
pierced themselves with many griefs. 

"But you, man of God, flee all of this, and pursue 
righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance, and 
gentleness. Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold 
of the eternal life to which you were called when you 
made your good confession in the presence of many 
witnesses." / Timothy 6:6-12 

Trust in Him 

Do not fret because of evil men 

or be envious of those who do wrong; 
for like the grass they will soon wither, 

like green plants they will soon die away. 
Trust in the Lord and do good; 

dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. 
Delight yourself in the Lord 

and he will give you the desires of your heart. 
Commit your way to the Lord: 

trust in him and he will do this: 
He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, 

the justice of your cause like the noonday sun. 
Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; 

do not fret when men succeed in their ways, 

when they carry out their wicked schemes. 
Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; 

do not fret - it leads only to evil. 
For evil men will be cut off, 

but those who hope in the Lord will inherit the land. 
A little while, and the wicked will be no more; 

though you look for them, they will not be found. 
But the meek will inherit the land 

and enjoy great peace. 

Psalm 37:1-11 

The Secret of Contentment 

"I have learned to be content whatever the cir- 
cumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know 
what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of be- 
ing content in any and every situation, whether well fed 
or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do 
everything through him who gives me strength." 

Philippians 4:llb-13 



Be Content with What You Have 

"Keep on loving each other as brothers. Do not forget 
to entertain strangers, for by so doing some people have 
entertained angels without knowing it. Remember 
those in prison as if you were their fellow prisoners, and 
those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were 
suffering. 

"Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage 
bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all 
the sexually immoral. Keep your lives free from the love 
of money and be content with what you have, because 
God has said. 

'Never will I leave you: 
never will I forsake you.' 
"So we say with confidence, 

'The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. 
What can man do to me?'" 

Hebrews 13:1-6 

Our Future Glory 

"I consider that our present sufferings are not worth 
comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. 

"And we know that in all things God works for the 
good of those who love Him, who have been called 
according to his purpose. 

"What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God 
is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare 
His own Son, but gave Him up for us all - how will He 
not also, along with Him, graciously give us all things? 
Who will bring any charge against those whom God 
has chosen? It is God who justifies. Who is he that con- 
demns? Christ Jesus, who died - more than that, who 
was raised to life - is at the right hand of God and is 
also interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the 
love of Christ?" Shall trouble or hardship or persecu- 
tion or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As 
it is written: 

'For your sake we face death all day long; 

we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.' 

"Now in all these things we are more than con- 
querors through him who loved us. For I am convinc- 
ed that neither death nor life, neither angels nor 
demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any 
powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in 
all creation, will be able to separate us from the love 
of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord." 

Romans 8:18. 28. 31-39 

(All references New International Version} 



[ERALD/ January 15, 1988 



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For weeks she had talked of 
nothing but the upcoming trip to 
the zoo. The day had finally 
arrived! Her small hand in mine, 
we walked through the entrance 
gates. "Please, Jeanette, can we 
see the lion first?" 

As we neared the lion's cage I 
sensed her disappointment. 
"He's sleeping," she exclaimed. "I 
want to see him do something!" 
Although we didn't know it, it 
was almost feeding time. 
Aroused by the scent of raw 
meat, the lion began to stir. 
Nostrils quivering, he began to 
pace. Looking most intent, he 
seemed captivated by his pursuit 
of the origin of the smell. Instinc- 
tively Carrie tightened her grip 
on my hand. "I wouldn't want to 
get in his way" she whispered 
and suddenly shivered. 

I was reminded of my trip to the 
zoo recently as I studied Romans 
12:13. In this verse Paul urges 
believers to practice hospitality. 
The implication is that we should 
pursue hospitality with the same 
intensity that a hungry lion 
demonstrates when stalking his 
prey. Never before had I thought 
of hospitality in that light! 

First Timothy 3:2 teaches that 
a man cannot qualify as an 
overseer of the church unless he 
is marked by hospitality. First 
Peter 4:9 reminds us to offer 
hospitality to each other without 
grumbling. Hospitality, then, is 
one sign of Christian maturity 
and obedience. But believing 
that hospitality is crucial is not 
enough. Acting upon this belief 
is the true test of our obedience. 
We must put hospitality into ac- 
tion. Let's consider how. 

First comes planning. General- 
ly speaking, good intentions re- 
main exactly that unless we for- 
mulate a blueprint for implement- 
ing action. For that reason, we 
must plan to be hospitable! Who 
do you want to invite into your 
home? A lonely widow, a new 
neighbor, a struggling student, or 
perhaps the newcomers at 
church? Don't limit yourself to 
those whom you already know. 
Use hospitality as a way to open 
new avenues of friendship, to 




Open Heart, 



encourage the despondent, to 
minister to the lonely. 

Also consider selecting guests 
who can minister to you and your 
family. When he was still a single 
medical student, my husband Bill 
received a dinner invitation from 
a Christian physician and his 
family. With his three impres- 
sionable children looking on, Dr. 
Cooper asked Bill to tell how he 
became a Christian. What a great 
exposure for those kids! What an 
opportunity for Bill to articulate 
his faith in Christ. 

What do you want to do with 
your guests? Historically, sharing 
a meal together has been a means 
of showing honor and affection to 
the invited guest. We need not 
limit ourselves to dinner invita- 
tions though. Be creative! What 
about Sunday brunch, Saturday 
breakfast, or coffee and dessert 
one evening? We recently par- 
ticipated in a "build your own piz- 
za" party. I made the dough. 
Everyone else brought the top- 
pings. The group concurred that it 



could have competed with our 
neighborhood pizza parlor! 

Being hospitable means more 
than meeting the physical and 
material needs of your guests. 
Plan specific ways to minister to 
your guests' spiritual needs too. 
Ask them questions. Stimulate 
their thinking. Share what you are 
gleaning from God's Word. Learn 
from one another. Share your 
struggles. Urge each other on to a 
greater commitment to Christ. 

The second step is preparation. 
Adequate preparatory measures 
all but eliminate most disasters. 
Since your goal is to entertain 
with a view to serve and en- 
courage others, I think it's impor- 
tant to have most things ready 
before your guests arrive. I recall 
my friend Janet recounting one of 
her experiences as a visitor. In- 
vited for dinner at seven o'clock, 
she and her husband arrived, on 
time and hungry, only to have 
their hostess say, "Oh I'm so glad 
you are finally here. Now I can 
start cooking dinner!" They did 



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not begin to eat until nine 
o'clock. It was hard for my friends 
to enjoy the company of their 
hostess while she was busy over 
the hot stove. 

Preparation does require two 
treasured commodities: time and 
money. Because most of us are 
limited in these areas, use your 
ingenuity. Consider a potluck 
dinner. Enlist the help of a friend. 
Don't be shy. Most people are just 
waiting to be asked. 

Many of us are reluctant to in- 
vite others into our homes 
because we think that it's just 
not good enough. Over and over 
I have heard people say, "We'll 
start entertaining in our home 
when ... we are settled in . . . the 
living room is finally redecorated 
... we can afford to serve filet 
mignon . . . the new couch final- 
ly arrives." God calls us to serve 
Him with our best, whether it be 
hot dogs on paper plates or crab 
stuffed lobster served on fine 
china. People come to visit you 



by Jeanette Stewart 

not to take an inventory of your 
furnishings. All God requires is 
a willingness to receive guests in- 
to our home, no matter how 
small or large it may be. 

Meeting spiritual needs re- 
quires preparation too. This 
leads us to the third step which 
is prayer. Pray that God will give 
you the sensitivity and wisdom 
to minister to the spiritual needs 
of your guests. It's amazing how 
a good, relaxing dinner will 
cause people to open up about 
their feelings. Some of the most 
exciting times we've had around 
our dinner table have been after 
dinner! I can remember times 
when we've sat at the table until 
late at night answering questions 
for searching friends whom God 
has brought into our home. 

Ask God to show you whom to 
invite. My husband and I find it 
helpful to block off time each 
week to pray for our friends and 
acquaintances. We ask God to 
show us who has needs and 



whom we could encourage by in- 
viting into our home. Pray too that 
God will continue to equip you to 
meet the needs of others. Pray 
that the time you spend being 
hospitable will bring glory to Him. 
Pray for pure motivation in open- 
ing your home to others. "What- 
ever you do, work at it with all 
your heart, as working for the 
Lord, not for men" (Col. 3:23). If 
your intentions are not genuine, 
discouragement is imminent. You 
may never receive a compliment, 
a thank you, or a reciprocal invita- 
tion. Remember that it is the Lord 
who rewards our efforts. 

The last step is persistence. Per- 
sist in being hospitable. Paul en- 
couraged the Galatians, "Let us 
not become weary in doing good" 
(Galatians 6:9). This exhortation 
still applies. Occasionally you will 
feel that you've failed. I can 
remember an evening that was 
(from a human perspective) an ab- 
solute flop! One couple arrived 
late, another had to leave early, 
and in the middle of dinner a sick 
friend dropped by seeking 
medical advice from my husband. 
No one had much in common and 
try as I did, the evening never real- 
ly got off the ground. Although I 
was discouraged, I had to 
remember that we invited these 
guests in obedience to God's com- 
mand to be hospitable. 

The essence of hospitality is 
practical Christianity. As I grew 
up, this was exemplified for me by 
my family's Christmas celebra- 
tions. As the festive season drew 
near we searched for people who 
would be alone on Christmas day. 
College students, couples or 
widows, all received an invitation 
for the 25th. We would crowd 
around our dining room table to 
enjoy food and fun. We shared our 
lives with our guests for that one 
day, and many lasting friendships 
developed. I learned early that 
hospitality is a way of life. 

Who says you can't be 
hospitable? Plan, prepare, pray, 
and persist. Leave the rest to God. 
You'll be surprised at the results! 

Reprinted by permission from Kindred Spirit. 
© Dallas Theological Seminary. 



ERALD/ January 15, 1988 



FOREICiJN M1551UJN5> 



FRANCE: 

A Land of Variety 



by Dave Hobert 



"France has a thousand faces, and no two alike," 
has been aptly stated. Yes, France has it all -- the 
beautiful Riviera on the Mediterranean Sea. the 
snow-capped Alps, and the famous castles in the 
rolling hills of the Loire River Valley. France's large, 
modern cities, such as Paris and Lyon, are con- 
trasted by quaint fishing village cafes in Brittany. 
Every region has its separate customs and foods, 
each one delicious in its own way. Former President 
DeGaulle once asked, "How can I effectively govern 
a people who have 400 different kinds of cheeses?" 

As the largest country in Western Europe, 
France ranks fifth in exports in the world. She is 
highly civilized and her people are known for 
rationalism and intellectual accomplishment. No 
other country can boast more great writers, poets, 
philosophers, painters, composers, statesmen, and 
scientists than France. 

Morally, however, France is a modern-day Cor- 




inth. Indifference characterizes the French reac- 
tion to the Gospel. Few Frenchmen have any con- 
ception of biblical Christianity. The Reformation 
flame was extinguished before it had a chance to 
burn brightly. What is commonly called "Chris- 
tianity" is cold, cultural, and unrelated to real life. 
Although 85% of the population are considered 
Catholic, only 10% practice their religion regular- 
ly. Disillusionment has led to unbelief. The cults 
are gaining ground; in fact, the largest Buddhist 
temple in the western world is located not far from 
our church-planting works. Many are turning to 
various forms of the occult and Satan worship. For- 
tune tellers and mediums outnumber doctors. In- 
deed the religious picture in France is bleak. 

To this country of varying interests and beliefs 
God has called a GBFM team of missionaries with 
a variety of gifts to proclaim the Gospel in diverse 
ways. 



The Year 
lb Hear 

To believers in GBC churches 
in France, 1987-88 is "The Year 
of Evangelism." 

Says Larry DeArmey, "The 
churches are regaining their vi- 
sion and are reorienting 
themselves to achieve their 
original dream of making the 
Gospel known in France. They 
are planning strategies with a 
focus on personal evangelism." 



France 
Facts and Figures 

Population: 55 million 

Area: 211,200 square miles 

Economy: agriculture, fishing, industry, mining 

Religious: only three in every 1,000 French are 
evangelicals. 33,000 of 38,000 (communities) 
are still without evangelical witness. 




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FOKK1UJN MISSIONS 




Romance in France: 
A Date with Diversity 

The missionaries in France are involved in a 
romance. Their commitment is long-term and their 
dates are distinctly diverse. 

A highly-motivated businessman in Lyon. A 
farmer in St. Albain. A child in Le Creusot/Mont- 
ceau. A university student in Dijon. A socialist, blue- 
collar worker in Chalon. A bourgeois youth in 
Macon. 

How does a missionary share the Gospel of Life 
with such a diverse group of people? In many ways, 
but the key is sharing Christ on a personal level. 

According to a survey of French Christians, 83% 
of those who have found Christ have come through 
the social web, either of family or close friends. 

Says Tom Julien, "When the French are in this 
social web, there is credibility which causes them 
to not filter our words. There's real communication. 
The people begin to listen and the Spirit begins to 
move in hearts and people are saved." 

Centuries of spiritual darkness have left their 
mark on many Frenchmen. One evidence is the per- 
vading mistrust of each other's motives. This is why 
personal evangelism and personal invitations to 
evangelistic meetings are essential. 

Says Larry DeArmey, France Field Superinten- 
dent, "The beginning stage of our friendships with 
the unsaved is crucial, but the foundation must be 
a spiritual relationship." 

The most natural way to begin friendships is with 
people of like interests and the France missionaries 
have a potpourri of educational backgrounds - 
history, business, math, science, and psychology. 
Members of the team have penetrated their society 
for the purpose of meeting people, sharing their 
faith, and beginning evangelistic Bible studies. 



The All-Important Role 
of the Chateau 

Since 1964, the Chateau of St. Albain has served 
as an evangelistic and retreat center for groups of 
all ages. As well as serving local needs, it is also the 
home of such leadership training programs as Grace 
Seminary Extension in Europe, the Decentralized 
Bible Institute, Euro-Missions Institute, and the 
Pastoral Institute for World Mission. 

Says missionary Kent Good, "Selection and 
development of church leadership was one of the 
Apostle Paul's major preoccupations and it must be 
ours as well." 




DIJON 
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The France Team 

Chalon 

Chris and Carolyn Nord 

Chateau of St. Albain 

Marlin and Sue Weaver 

Dijon 

Kent and Becky Good 

Le Creusot/Montceau 

Dave and Sue Griffith 
Dave and Susie Hobert 

Lyon 

Ruth Ann Cone 

Larry and Vicki DeArmey 

Betsy Morris 

John and Soni Viers 

Language School 

Paul and Louise Klawitter 

Home Ministries 

Patty Morris 



DRALD/ January 15, 1988 



FOKKIUJN M1&551U1\» 




Bodybuilding: 

Its Strength is Determined by Cells 

The entire missionary team in France is involved 
in bodybuilding; but their focus isn't physical, it's 
spiritual. 

They are working to strengthen the body of 
Christ in France and they are accomplishing it 
through cell groups. 

Says missionary Terry Julien, "A cell group is 
a small nucleus of people from the church who live 
in the same neighborhood. They meet several 
times a month to pray and study the Bible, to 
heighten each other's vision for lost souls in the 



community, and to motivate each other to take 
responsibility in the church." 

Each of the ten cell groups in France has a 
unique ministry. The church in Macon, which just 
celebrated its 10th anniversary, has been divided 
into four cell groups by Gerard Sangoy, the French 
pastor. They meet together for prayer, encourage- 
ment, teaching and evangelism. 

In Lyon, the church's three cell groups are in- 
tegrating new believers from a recent evangelistic 
campaign by astronaut James Irwin. They have 
also begun "Discovery Groups" for twenty 
students who attended the Institute of Natural and 
Applied Science. 

The Le Creusot cell group made their debut 
recently at the city's prestigious industrial fair, an 
event that draws close to 50,000, when they were 
given permission to host a puppet show and 
literature table. While there, they distributed 
thousands of tracts, Gospels of John, and invita- 
tions to Good News Clubs and a Christian film. 
Since then, they have been following up contacts 
in their weekly Bible study and prayer time. 

In Montceau, the cell group sponsors a radio 
broadcast at 8:45 a.m. one Sunday each month 
called "The Logic of Faith." 

The Dijon cell group, the most recent church- 
planting endeavor, focuses primarily on the train- 
ing of young leaders for Christian ministry 
through evangelization of university students. 



A Message 

from the France Field Superintendent 

We have targeted several cities to begin church-planting efforts in 
France. Could your gifts and abilities be used to complement an ex- 
isting team, or to pioneer a new church-planting effort? We would like 
to hear from you! 



Larry DeArmey: Field Superintendent 
100-D Cours Lafayette, 69003 Lyon, France 




FOREIGN MISSION NEWS 



Making The Switch 



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Nancy Green 



Missionary Nancy Green has 
been discipling her neighbor who 
accepted Christ recently. Says 
Glaucia, Nancy's neighbor, "I have 
prayed to Mary all my life, so it 
seems funny to be praying to Jesus 
now. I told Mary that I was sorry, but 
I wouldn't be praying to her 
anymore, then I thought about 
Mary being a disciple of Jesus and 
realized that Mary was probably 
happy I had made the change." 



"Planting churches around the 
world" cannot get more real and 
personal than when missionary 
pastor Tim Farner watched 
recently as Sebastian dos Passos 
Machado, the man who will take 
over his leadership of the 
Uberlandia, Brazil, GBC, baptized 
his son. Jay. 




Tim Farner 



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HERALD/ January 15, 198 



FUKUllilN MISSIONS 




To Marie with Love 

Retired missionary Marie Mishler was reminded 
once again that "love bears all things, believes all 
things, hopes all things, and endures all things" 
when her only supporting church, the Akron Ellet 
GBC, declared November 22 Anna Marie Mishler 
Day in order to thank her for being their represen- 
tative in the Central African Republic for 40 years. 

She was ushered into the "African style" sanc- 
tuary which had lifesize huts, an anthill with ter- 
mites, African benches and cooking pots, and a 
replica of an African village and seated while a 
"This is your life" tape played. However, Marie soon 
learned that the "taped" voices were actually live 
people and friends who had worked with her in 
Africa. They were Bob and Lenora Williams, Roy 
and Ruth Snyder, Wayne and Dorothy Beaver, Mar- 
vin and Dorothy Goodman, Ruth Kent, Ruth 
Snyder, Jake Kliever, Ray and Edith Gingrich, and 
George and Jane Peters. 

Says Pastor Harold Arrington, "We wanted to ex- 
press our affection to Marie in a tangible way." The 
church presented her with a lighted curio cabinet 
and hosted a Thanksgiving Dinner in her honor. 

Overcoming Tremendous 
Barriers 

According to the Wall Street 
Journal, "Mexico is officially the 
most anti-religious country in the 
Western Hemisphere." Its Con- 
stitution, which was originally 
drafted in 1917 to counteract the 
economic and political hold of the 
Catholic church, has backfired. 

Eighty-eight percent of the 
country is Catholic; 3% is Protes- lbm and Suzie Shar P 
tant. Religious broadcasting, television and jour- 
nalism are prohibited. Churches may not own 





Brenda Welling 



property and it is even possible 
for the government to assume 
ownership of a private home in 
which a house church has been 
established. 

Says GBFM missionary Tom 
Sharp, "I was sharing Christ 
with a middle-aged man and he 
said, "The Bible is a pack of lies. 
I don't need it. I'm Catholic' We 
see this attitude quite often." 
One of the girls in their Bible club was beaten 
frequently and finally forbidden to attend 
meetings. The mother's reasoning? "I was born, 
raised, married and will be buried Catholic. I can- 
not allow my daughter to believe anything else. If 
she would ever leave the Catholic church, she 
would lose her soul." 

However, despite tremendous barriers, the 
Gospel is being shared through GBFM mis- 
sionaries in Mexico. In the past year, many youths 
have accepted Christ as Savior through the border 
ministry of Tom and Suzie Sharp and Brenda 
Welling. 

Materialism in Japan 

For years, economists have been predicting a 
shift of world power and influence from the 
Western to the Eastern nations. Japan is bringing 
their predictions one step closer to fulfillment. 

Part of Japan's success is found in the dedica- 
tion of employees to their work. A six-day work 
week is the norm, and 60 percent of a worker's 
vacation time will pass by unused at the year's 
end, because employers find it difficult to make 
their employees use it. The average Japanese man 
will work 2,442 hours in a year, two months longer 
than the average American. 

When the Gospel is presented, a common initial 
reaction is, "We're different, we have our own gods 
and ways of doing things". Long work hours have 
hindered the evangelization of the men in par- 
ticular who simply aren't available to talk. Even 
after contact has been made and an individual ac- 
cepts Christ, there are few hours available to men 
in which they can engage in Bible study and 
discipleship. 

In spite of the hindrances materialism brings, 
God is building His church in Japan. Many 
Japanese are finding that there is little use in striv- 
ing for material comforts if there isn't any time to 
enjoy them. Sensing a spiritual void, many 
Japanese are opening up to "new religious ideas" 
which gives Christianity a platform from which 
the Gospel can be heard. 

There have been 5 converts since GBFM entered 
Japan in 1984. 



SRALD/ January 15, 1988 



NATIONAL UUiNrcKJcr^c 



A Call to Compassion 

by Dean Fetterhoff, 1988 F.G.B.C. Moderator 



-A Call to Compassion!" With this challenging 
theme we excitedly look forward to the national 
conference of The Fellowship of Grace Brethren 
Churches at the very lovely Marriott Desert 
Springs Hotel in Palm Desert, California, July 31 
to August 5. 1988. We invite you to join us for 
what we trust will be not only a very enjoyable 
vacation experience, but also a place and time 
where we will meet with God in a spiritual 
experience of revival and renewed vision. With 
speakers such as Chuck Colson, Joni Erickson 
Tada, John Maxwell and others, we are sure to 
be challenged to new dedication and vision for 
the spread of the gospel. 

However, we do not want our theme to be 
something by which we are challenged for only 
one week. Our desire is that this call to 
compassion will be before us all during these 
next months leading up to a wonderful climax 
at the national conference. To this end I am 
asking you to join me in seeking to reach three 
goals during the first six months of 1988. 

The first goal is the sharing together in an 
International Day with God on Sunday, May 15. 
1988. Many of our churches shared in the 
blessing of the Day with God suggested by last 
year's moderator, Tom Julien. In his moderator's 
address he recommended that this day be 
perpetuated this year, even expanding it to other 
nations. Therefore I have designated May 15. 
1988 as the International Day with God when our 
churches around the world meet together before 
the throne of God in special prayer. I have 
contacted missionaries and national leaders on 
all our mission fields and am receiving an 
enthusiastic response. Although local schedules 
may dictate deviation from the scheduled day, 
I urge each church to plan a special Day with God 
for your church. 

The second goal for which I ask your support 
is that of becoming involved in some sort of 
ministry to the neglected people of our nation - 
those in prison, the handicapped, the aged, the 
hungry, crisis pregnancy centers and the like. In 
October I sent a letter to pastors asking them to 
respond and tell of the ministries they now have 
to such groups. Over 75 churches have responded 
thus far with almost all of them having a 
ministry to one or more of these groups. I was 
surprised to learn just what is being done! Over 
one-third of those responding have a 
participation in crisis pregnancy ministries. I 



challenge your church to begin one or more of 
these ministries if you are not now involved. With 
the theme passage of Matthew 9:35-38, this will 
be strongly emphasized at national conference. 
The final goal is one about which I am really 
excited. Last year at conference we heard over 
and over the fact that the most successful means 
of evangelism is families reaching families. 
Statistics demonstrate, testimonies bear witness 
and we've seen first hand in our churches that 
friends reaching other friends is how most people 
are won to Christ. Therefore, the third goal is one 
in which every family in every Grace Brethren 
Church can share. I am asking that you pray that 
God will give you the privilege of reaching one 
other family for Christ and seeing that family 
involved in your local church by June 30. 1988. 
Your church will shortly be receiving three pieces 
of material to help in this: (1) an enrollment card 
by which you can pledge yourself to pray for and 
endeavor to reach one family for Christ by June 
30, 1988, (2) a book mark prayer reminder to 
keep the goal before you daily, and (3) a helpful 
brochure published by the C.E. office entitled 
Sharing Your Faith" that will give you practical 
ideas as to how to be involved in other people's 
lives and how to share the gospel with them. We 
are grateful to the C.E. office for making these 
available and to the Brethren Missionary Herald 
for subsidizing the cost so that churches may 
have these in quantity at reduced rates. We have 
established June 30, 1988 as a reporting date to 
see what God does through our church families 
in the first six months of 1988! 

Join me in prayer that God will give us a heart 
of compassion, and join us at Palm Desert, 
California July 31 to August 5 for what we are 
praying will be a wonderful time of celebration 
and revival! 




Rev. Dean Fetterhoff has been pastor of the 
Grace Brethren Church of Greater Atlanta, 
Georgia for 14 years. Prior to his coming to 
Atlanta, he served as the Business 
Administrator of the Wheaton Christian 
Grammar School of Wheaton, Illinois, in 
connection with his evangelistic ministry. 
He is currently moderator of The Fellowship 

of Grace Brethren Churches, and is the author of two books. 

Dynamics of Evangelism and The Making Of A Man Of God. 



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SRALD/ January 15, 1988 



CURRENT CHRISTIAN ISSUES 



So Long, Ebenezer! 

by Warren W. Wiersbe 



The congregation was singing "Come, Thou 
Fount of Ev'ry Blessing," and I was enthusiasti- 
cally doing my part when I found myself singing 
the wrong words. Apparently the editors of that 
particular hymnal (the name of which I've for- 
gotten) had decided that most church goers didn't 
know the meaning of the phrase "Here I raise mine 
Ebenezer," so they had substituted another phrase. 
I was shocked. 

I'm not suggesting that the text of a hymn is in- 
spired, or that it is evil to change hymn texts to 
make them more meaningful. Nor do I plan to 
make our hymnals a test of fellowship or spiritual- 
ity! But I have a feeling that this change may be 
a symptom of a much bigger problem. It may have 
been an accommodation to biblical illiteracy 
rather than a contribution to spiritual maturity. 
For one thing, by dropping "Ebenezer," we are 
announcing that a lot of people in our churches 
don't know the biblical background of the familiar 
hymns and Gospel songs that we sing in our wor- 
ship services. But, why don't they? Do they read 
their Bibles at all? Do they listen to sermons and 
Sunday school lessons that are based on the Word 
of God? Do they even study the Bible for 
themselves? Perhaps not. But, if that's the case, 
we aren't going to solve the problem by editing the 
Bible out of the hymnal. What we need to do is get 
the Bible back into the minds and hearts of 
worshipers. 

In his book Illiterate America, Jonathan Kozol 
claims that 30 percent of the American people are 
"functionally illiterate." The statistics he cites are 
frightening, and the price we are paying for this 
illiteracy is appalling. One million teenagers, be- 
tween 12 and 17, can't read above a third-grade 
level. Of eight million adults out of jobs, four to six 
million don't have the reading skills necessary for 
them to be retrained for hi-tech employment . No 
wonder this is the age of comic books, digests, 
video games and TV serials. 

Traditionally, the church has been on the side 
of education. In fact, literacy and the Gospel have 
gone hand in hand all over the world. After all, 
every minister or missionary wants his converts 
to read and understand the Bible and be able to 



teach it to others. The rise of the Christian day 
school movement is another evidence that God's 
people are not on the side of ignorance or illiteracy, 
and this is something to be proud of. 

But back to Ebenezer. Perhaps one reason some 
worshipers don't know what they are singing is 
that they have never been taught. They are "Bible 
illiterates." When I was in the pastorate, I 
sometimes "explained" the biblical basis of a song 
before we sang it, and this helped the people 
express their worship intelligently. Some hymnals 
quote a related Bible verse beneath the hymn title, 
or include a "Scripture index" in the back; and 
while these things are helpful, they don't explain 
the biblical references in the hymn text itself. I 
think the time has come for us to educate the 
saints concerning the great hymns of the faith and 
let them know that, while the texts are not in- 
spired, they are based on scripture. 



We aren't going to solve the 

problem by editing the Bible out 

of the hymnal. 

A friend of mine claims that modern transla- 
tions of the Bible are a part of the problem, but I 
don't agree with him. At least they don't create a 
problem when it comes to Ebenezer! The NASB, 
NIV and New King James Version all have 
"Ebenezer" in the text and marginal notes explain- 
ing that it means "stone of help." Certainly some 
traditional "Bible phrases" have gone by the board 
because of modern translations, and perhaps for 
the better; but I don't think that's the real problem. 
The believer who reads and studies any depend- 
able version of the Bible will have a good, basic 
understanding of what the great music of the 
church is saying. 

In one of my pastorates, I often visited a retired 
man whose only interest in life was reaching 
higher levels of achievement in a society to which 
he belonged. He spent many hours reading 
assigned books and passing examinations, and I 
guess he did get higher and higher in the organiza- 
tion. After my visits, I often thought to myself, I 



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CURRENT CHRISTIAN ISSUES 



wonder what would happen in his life, and our 
churches, if he and every believer put the same 
amount of effort into getting to know the Bible? 
Another factor, I think, is the general 
shallowness of worship in many churches today. 
When you get right down to it, in too many places 
it doesn't make a lot of difference what you sing 
or whether you understand what you sing, just as 
long as you participate and the service ends on 
time. Instead of being a dynamic experience that 
people enjoy, worship has become a dull routine 
that people just endure. The fact that they sing 
words that mean nothing to them really doesn't 
bother them because they don't expect much out 
of the worship service anyway. 

We have today a lot of popular 
religious music that is 

experience centered and not at 
all biblically oriented. 

Add to this another factor: We have today a lot 
of popular religious music that is experience 
centered and not at all biblically oriented. In fact, 
some of it is outright antibiblical and may be heard 
(sad to say) on some Christian radio stations. I have 
long maintained that a singer has no more right 
to sing a lie than a preacher has to preach a lie. 
On more than one occasion, I have had to get up 
and preach the Word after some soloist or musical 
group has sung a cute ditty that contained less 
theology than a nursery rhyme; and it was not 
easy to do. However, some of the saints didn't know 
the difference, and they even applauded the 
musicians. 

A part of the problem is that Christian people 
have forgotten, and need to be reminded, that 
studying the Word and singing to the Lord must 
always go together. Ephesians 5:18-20 and Colos- 
sians 3:16,17 make it clear that the Spirit of God 
uses the Word of God to produce a song in the 
heart of the child of God. The better we know the 
Bible, the better we ought to be able to worship 
Him. But too much of present day "worship" is 
only religious entertainment, and the absence of 
scripture doesn't seem to bother the participants. 
There is more "heat" than "light," more applause 
than awe, more promotion than devotion. If 
everybody goes home "feeling good," the meeting 
has been a success. 

All I'm asking is that our church music be based 
solidly on scripture, and that all of us as wor- 
shipers know what that Scripture passage means 
so that we may sing with understanding and 
appreciation. I fear too many of our musicians have 
already moved a long way from solid doctrine and 



into shallow sentiment, and I see nothing on the 
horizon that will suddenly alter this trend. Once 
God's people develop an appetite for something, 
they will pay any price to satisfy that appetite, even 
if it means stunting their own spiritual growth. 

So long, Ebenezer! You've been faithful, and 
you've encouraged many of us in the battles of life! 
But a lot of church folk have never met you and 
don't know who you are, and they've decided they 
can get along without you. But don't be dis- 
couraged! Some of your friends will soon be join- 
ing you, other Bible words that people don't 
recognize and won't take the time to understand. 

It's not your fault, Ebenezer! It's just that God's 
people are busy and don't have time to read and 
study the Word. Please don't misunderstand me. 
They want to be spiritual, but they keep looking 
for shortcuts to spiritual growth, and they ignore 
the disciplines that make real maturity possible. 
They're so used to living on substitutes that, if the 
real thing did show up, they probably wouldn't 
recognize it anyway. So, don't take it too hard. It's 
been happening throughout the history of the 
church, and the only remedies seem to be persecu- 
tion and revival. 

Now, let's all sing together! 

Here I raise mine Ebenezer - 
Hither by Thy help I'm come; 
And I Hope by Thy good pleasure 
Safely to arrive at home. 
Prone to wander - Lord, I feel it - 
Prone to leave the God I love; 
Here's my heart - O take and seal it. 
Seal it for Thy courts above. 

(Robert Robinson) 

One more thing. 

If you want to enrich your soul, take your Bible 
and your hymnal, plus a good concordance, and 
trace the biblical references and allusions found 
in the great hymns of the church. Write these 
references in the margins of the hymnals, and you 
will soon have a valuable index to the spiritual 
messages of these hymns. 

I agree with Martin Luther who said, "Next to 
theology, I give music the highest place and 
honor." 

After all, music and theology both came from 
the heart of God: and what God has joined 
together, we must not put asunder. Si 



Reprinted by permission from Confident Living. 
Copyright 1987, Good News Broadcasting Association. 
Inc. 



SRALD/ January 15, 1988 



BRETHREN PERSONALITIkb 



40 Years in Africa 



by Raeann Hart 



The story of how God took a 
country kid from a small town 
in Oregon and transformed him 
into a mighty missionary who 
was to reach Africans for Christ 
is an exciting one. Jake Kliever, 
now 82 and retired, spent 40 
years with his wife, Freda, on 
the field. When they arrived in 
Africa, there were only 14 



baptized believers. When they 
left in 1977, there were over 150 
organized churches and a host 
of missionaries. How did God 
use the events in the Klievers' 
lives to prepare them to assist in 
this task? 

Jake Kliever's grandparents 
were Mennonites who left the 
persecution of Holland for 




Jake Kliever teaching Africans to read and study the Word of God. 



Russia. When Katherine the 
Great came into power and com- 
manded that all the young men 
join the army, the Klievers left 
Russia and migrated to England. 
Jake's father was 6 weeks old 
when the families left England 
by ship for North America. Jake's 
father's family settled in Oregon 
and his mother's family in 
Canada. Jake's dad 
received his United 
States citizenship 
papers after having 
lived as a child of a 
homesteader for 15 
years. 

He went to Canada 
when he was in his 
twenties and met 
Katherine Kliewer. 
They were married 
and Jake was born in 
1905. In 1912, they 
returned to Oregon 
and bought a farm 
near the old home- 
stead built by Jake's 
grandparents which is 
still standing in Polk 
County, near Dallas, 
Oregon. Jake could 
speak 3 languages by 
the time he was seven: 
English, a Dutch dia- 
lect and German. He 
remembers the small 
town with its industry 
and tannery and the 
framework of fir trees 
that ran around the 
yard to break the wind 
and whisper him to 
sleep at night. He also 
remembers his father's 
reply when he was 
asked if he was a 
Russian. "If a calf is 
born in a pig pen, does 
that make it a pig?" 
was his reply. 



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"Nobody had to tell me I was a 
sinner," Jake recalls. "I wanted to 
be a Christian when I was nine. 
They just patted me on the head 
and told me to be a good boy. 
Three times I wanted to become 
a Christian, but no one took me 
seriously. I went to church again 
when I was 18 and I found out 
that God loved me and wanted 
me. I asked God to clean me up 
and he did. I hurried home after 
church to tell my Mom and she 
said, 'You don't have tell me 
anything, I had 20 of your friends 
here praying for you.'" 

Jake was working in the 
bakery trade making french 
pastries, pies and breads. His 
mother encouraged him to go to 
the Bible Institute in California. 
"I had to be a member of a 
church to attend the Bible In- 
stitue," Jake remembers. "I went 
to 2 churches and neither pastor 
would baptize me. Finally, I went 
to a third church and the pastor 
baptized me. Then when I got to 
the Institute, I found out I needed 
a High School diploma. I had 
taken an Alexander Hamilton 
High School course, so I took an 
equivalency test and passed it." 

"Two months later I found out 
God had a plan for my life when 
I read Ephesians 2:10. 'For we 
are God's workmanship, created 
in Christ Jesus to do good 
works, which God prepared in 
advance for us to do.' I told the 
Lord if He could do something 
with nothing, then I would do my 
best. He wanted nothing so he 
could do it all." 

In addition to his studies at the 
Bible Institute and working at a 
lunch counter and as a janitor, 
Jake played the cello in a first 
string quartet, sang in a male 
quartet and became president of 
the glee club. He also tried his 
hand at directing. On his first try 
he remembers the class laughed 
at him, because he was so clum- 
sy. "My mirror told me they were 
right, so I practiced," he said. 

He also remembers an unusual 
visitor to the lunch counter 
where he was working. A young 
woman came in with a black 




Now retired, Jake continues his study of the Word and to share its 
riches with everyone he meets. 



child who had bright red hair. "It 
was the first time I had even seen 
such bright red hair on a black 
person," Jake says, "so I gawked. 
I was 19 at the time. The child 
looked straight at me and said, 
'Daddy!' I didn't gawk anymore!" 
After graduation from the 
Bible Institute, Jake took very 
concentrated post graduate 
studies in first aid and modern 
surgery. He studied Gray's book 



on anatomy, watched operations, 
and learned to give injections, set 
bones, and deliver babies. Little 
did he know how much he would 
use those skills in Africa. 

For 2 years, Jake worked for 
the Hollywood Presbyterian 
Church in the Japanese Divi- 
sion. He led Vacation Bible 
School, a Sunday School class 
and helped with camps. In 1928 
he became the minister of music 



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BRETHREN PERSONALITIES 



and youth worker at Garden Grove Baptist Church. 
He was also working at a bank during this time 
and was chosen to attend government classes on 
International Banking at Anaheim. This training 
later proved to be invaluable while Jake served as 
the field treasurer in Africa for 11 years. He com- 
mented, "it helped me keep an even keel" while 
exchanging currencies and monitoring finances. 
Through his singing with the male quartet, Jake 
received a one-year scholarship to Des Moines 
University. After that year, he returned to Garden 
Grove Baptist for 6 months, then went into a radio 
ministry for a few months. 

In 1928, Jake's parents had followed him to 
California. One day Jake's mother invited some old 
friends from Oregon, who were also attending the 
Bible Institute, to her home. Jake came to his 
parents' home and asked his mother who this par- 
ticularly lively and attractive young woman was. 
"Freda Neufeld." his mother replied. "That sour- 
puss, tomboy, killjoy?" Jake answered. He 
remembered that Freda was the sister of his good 
friend and as children she wouldn't leave them 
alone unless they would throw rocks at her until 
she would go home and tattle. Jake had a model 
A roadster and he invited the visitors to go for a 
ride and he had Freda sit beside him. Later Jake 
asked his mother to invite Freda to visit at 
Christmas. "I asked her to go caroling and she was 
ready in 15 minutes," Jake remembers. "That was 
a big plus. She looked as good as my sister did after 
an hour of primping." Jake also knew that Freda 
wanted to go to Africa as a missionary. He 
described Freda as being made of "pioneer stuff 
and recalls that by New Year's Eve he was sure that 
she was the one for him. When Freda finally 
accepted Jake's proposal and he went home to tell 
his mother, she replied, "that's the one I was pray- 
ing for." 

In 1929 the North Long Beach Brethren Church 
called Jake to be their Youth Minister. He served 
there for 6 years as the Youth Minister and Minister 
of Music leading adult, junior and youth choirs and 
two orchestras. Jake recalls, "I wasn't ready to go 
Brethren, because of their crazy way of baptizing, 
but when I studied it with a practical, analytical 
type of study, I thought they were right. I always 
appreciated the Brethren stand: The Bible, the 
whole Bible and nothing but the Bible." 

Freda graduated from the Bible Institute and 
went back to Oregon with a diamond. She had 
visited Long Beach with Jake once before she left. 
When Jake arrived in Oregon for their wedding on 
August 31, 1930, he discovered that Freda, 
stricken with hay fever, had lost 25 pounds. 
Sometime later, a woman from the church was 
visiting Freda at the Kliever's home in California 
when an earthquake shook a picture off the wall. 
The woman picked up an old photo of Freda and 
asked her if she knew who the woman was. "This 



is the woman we all thought Jake was going to 
marry," the woman said. Jake and Freda often had 
a good chuckle thinking of that misunderstanding. 
Freda and Jake both wanted to go to Africa, but 
didn't know that The Brethren Church had a work 
there. Dr. Gribble visited Long Beach and told of the 
hardships and need in Africa. During that service 
Jake and Freda just looked at each other, nodded 
and went forward. Dr. Gribble encouraged the 
Klievers to attend Ashland Seminary in Ohio. At 
Ashland, Jake studied with and became close 
friends with Drs. McClain and Hoyt. Jake also sang 
in a male quartet with Bob Ashman, Ken Ashman 
and Lew Grubb. After 7 years of no schooling, Jake 
added Greek and Hebrew to his other 3 languages. 
The Klievers became members of the Grace Bre- 
thren Church of Middlebranch, OH where Jake is 
still a member. Their first daughter Anne was born 
and the Klievers received word they were needed on 
the mission field. They went to Paris, France for a 
year where Anne celebrated her first Christmas and 
birthday. Jake received his High School French 
diploma and Certificate of Aptitude teacher's 
diploma and added French to his vocabulary. 

The Klievers arrived in Africa late in 1938. They 
were the first white people many of the natives had 
seen. They lived in a mud hut with a grass roof and 
cooked their meals on a charcoal fires. Both Freda 
and Jake had grown up in a relatively primitive 
area and were prepared for their African lifestyle. 
Jake shot game and traded it to the natives for 
bananas, mangoes, pineapples, guavas, corn, 
spinach, peanuts, lime and string beans. They also 
gave seeds to the Africans and Jake would give any 
game he shot in the area to the local preachers to 
keep good relations. 

Few of the women, but half of the men and near- 
ly a quarter of the young fellows knew an inter- 
tribal language called "sango". Jake helped 
translate the Old Testament into this language. He 
also attacked the illiteracy problem. These people 
had been taught that they were an inferior race. 
Again, Jake's past experiences were invaluable. He 
recalled the ridicule he had received being of Ger- 
man descent during World War I. He remembered 
being called a "nun" and being told he was ugly 
and inferior. He taught the people that Christ had 
died for everyone. He told them they were not step- 
children but adopted children. 

Before Jake came to Africa, they had been 
teaching the Africans to read using the "word^ 
method. He was classified as "revolutionary/' 
because he began teaching them with the "letter" 
method. 10 years later, Wycliffe came and the old 
"word" method was discarded in favor of the more 
effective "letter" method. Jake taught the young 
parents to read and write first. They in turn taught 
their children and parents. They were not disre- 
spectful when teaching as their children might 
have been if they had learned to write before their 
parents could. 



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Jake still remembers when one of the Africans 
realized that paper could "talk". He was fixing his 
truck when a young man brought him a note from 
Freda telling him to come to the house. "It does! 
It does! The paper talks!" he kept repeating. Jake 
was also different from others in Africa because, 
as the Africans would say, "Kliever gives his peo- 
ple paper." Teaching the Africans to read and write 
was vitally important to enable them to read and 
study the Word by themselves. They were taught 
to use reference books and concordances so they 
could make their own gardens in God's Word. 

One of Mr. Klievers most interesting discoveries 
was that the older natives used only a five tone 
scale when singing. Americans use an eight note 
scale with 5 halftones. Jake wrote a music primer 
for the people and 40-50 songs in the five tone 
scale that the natives could sing. He also wrote 
about his discovery and his article was published 
in articles all over America, including in the 
Herald. The young Africans could learn to sing 
using the complete scale. 



"If we don't teach people to Trust 

the Lord, then we fail 

in the big thing." 

In their early years in Africa, lions, elephants 
and leopards roamed freely. They did not travel 
during the rainy season when the grass was tall, 
because elephants would charge the headlights on 
the truck. Over the years, the Klievers experienced 
a few close calls with snakes and a rabid dog and 
Jake even killed two leopards, but they always felt 
the Lord's protection. "I've slept with lions and 
leopards around me and not been afraid, because 
the fear of man is in animals," Jake commented, 
"though a few tribes were blood drinkers and they 
must have a different odor, because I've seen 
leopards, lions and hyenas charge these people." 
Jake is certain that once he was eating a python, 
but when he asked his host what type of meat they 
were eating, he received the reply, "it is meat from 
the forest." 

The stories Jake can tell of Africa and God's 
blessing there could fill a book. During the war 
they ran out of anti-venum serum and Jake treated 
31 cases of snakebite without the serum and did 
not lose one patient. Once he had one chance to 
throw a spear at a cobra that had been roused by 
an ostrich near his family and the spear found its 
mark. Freda and Jake ministered to lepers and did 
not contract the disease. God continued to bless 
their ministry and them with good health. 

Jake helped deliver his second daughter, Donna 
while in Africa. Both of his daughters are grown, 
married and have blessed Jake with 4 grand- 
children. Jake and Freda worked in Africa, 



teaching the people and spreading God's word 
until Jake was 72 years old. Freda and Jake 
returned to the United States in 1977 and have 
continued to do the Lord's work. Freda went to be 
with the Lord and Jake now lives in Grace Village 
in Winona Lake, Indiana. He continues to study 
God's Word, ministers at the church in Middle- 
branch, Ohio and travels via Amtrak, witnessing 
to everyone he meets. 

"If we don't teach people to trust the Lord, then 
we fail in the big thing," Jake says. His biggest con- 
cern for Christians is that they do not neglect 
Christian fellowship and the meaningful study of 
God's Word. "After 64 years I'm still digging out 
new things," he says of his own study of the Word. 
"I think folks are so heavily programmed that they 
don't go to church meetings unless they think they 
have the time. They may forget personal perusal 
of the Word of God for their own good. The world 
knows they are sinners. The tragedy of hell is that 
there are so many 'nice' people there." 

With his machine that magnifies type and his 
bookcases full of study books, Jake Kliever con- 
tinues to study God's Word and share its riches 
with everyone he meets. As dapper and dynamic 
at 82 as he must have been when he first arrived 
in Africa, Jake Kliever is living proof that God can 
use whoever is willing to do His will. 



1 




Raeann Hart is a writer and serves as the con- 
sulting editor of the Herald. She and her husband 
own and operate Hart and Hart Advertising. She 
lives in Warsaw. Indiana with her 3 young 
children: Rick. Tiffany, and Remington. 


1 





Grace Schools 
Living Memorials 



Given by: 

Mr. & Mrs. R. Wayne Snider 
Ruth Dunlap 
Mr. William R. Pomerantz 
Mr. & Mrs. Milton S. Marshall 
Rev. & Mrs. John J. Burns 

Mr. & Mrs. John D. Scott 

Dr. & Mrs. Raymond E. Gingrich 

Mrs. Edyth Wilkins 

Mr. & Mrs. Charles E. Schwartz 



In Memory of: 

Mrs. Mary Miller 
Merrald Dunlap 
Carl Seitz 
Carl Seitz 
Clara Mahler 
Joel Grossman 
Carl Seitz 
Rev. & Mrs. J. L. 

Gingrich 
Carl Seitz 
Carl Seitz 



BRALD/ January 15, 1988 



FELLOWSHIP NEWS 



Expansion 
for Canton, Ohio 
Grace Brethren 
Church 



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Even When You're "Older" 



The "Older" churches also enjoy a time 
of building. The Grace Brethren Church of 
Canton, Ohio, was established in 1904. The 
church has developed into a true missions 
sending church, having one of the larger 
groups of ordained ministers and 
missionaries in the east. 

Over the last few years, the missions 
offerings have more than doubled. The 
church also saw the need to expand its 
own facilities in the areas of Christian 



Education and community ministry. The 
present $450,000 addition will increase 
the facility by one third. 

While the district is enjoying "new" 
church growth, the Canton Grace Brethren 
Church is an "older" church with God's 
wonderful future at her doorstep. 

As you pray for the Churches of our 
Fellowship, don't neglect to pray for the 
"older" growing church. 

-- Pastor Terrance Taylor 



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HERALD/ January 15, 19* 



WOMEN MANIFESTING CHRIST 



The Blessings of Prayer 



by Mrs. Thomas (Mary) Hammers 

Winona Lake, IN 



It was a rainy Saturday morning. The door was 
locked, but outside the ladies waited with their 
hands full of goodies. A casual observer might have 
thought, "Oh, just another craft and bake sale". 
However, this was no ordinary event. It was a very 
special day in God's sight. 

For weeks our entire church family had been 
praying earnestly for little five-year-old Joel who 
had surgery for a rare malignant tumor and for 
Dave, a young father facing critical surgery for a 
brain tumor. The fact of enormous medical bills 
was also on our minds. We cared and God had led 
several young families to organize this two day 
craft and bake sale. The doors opened and by after- 
noon the food tables were empty. A quick call was 
made to the WMC Prayer Chairman - God worked 
- the women eagerly responded and by the next 
morning the tables were full again. By the end of 
the day all the food was gone and there was more 
than $3,500 for the two families. 



1987-88 
National WMC Officers 

President: Mrs. Margie Devan. 5922 Brethren Road, 
Roanoke, Virginia 24014 (703) 774-5697 

1st Vice President: Miss Isobel Fraser. 5014 Old 
Maysville Road, Fort Wayne. Indiana 46815 
(219) 493-6282 

2nd Vice President: Mrs. Janet Minnix, 3314 
Kenwick Trail. SW. Roanoke, Virginia 24018 
(703) 774-4078 

Secretary: Mrs. Debbie Adams, RD 4, Box 93A. 
Kittanning, Pennsylvania 16201 (412) 763-3497 

Assistant Secretary: Mrs. Betty Ogden. 8400 Good 
Luck Road, Lanham, Maryland 20706 
(301) 552-9660 

Financial-Secretary-Treasurer: Miss Joyce Ashman, 
602 Chestnut Avenue, Winona Lake. Indiana 46590 
(219) 267-7588 

Assistant Financial - Secretary - Treasurer: 

Mrs. Ella Lee Risser, 815 S. Prospect, Marion, Ohio 
43302 (614) 383-4197 

Literature Secretary: Mrs. Lillian Teeter, 2706 Sharon 
Street, Winona Lake, Indiana 46590 (219) 267-5513 

Prayer Chairman: Mrs. Ruth Snyder. 901 Robson 
Road, Winona Lake, Indiana 46590 (219) 267-3234 

Editor: Mrs. Linda Unruh, 1205 Park Avenue, Winona 
Lake. Indiana 46590 (219) 269-5727 




Prayer does marvelous things for the Lord's peo- 
ple. When we pray for someone a greater love and 
concern is born in our hearts for them and a desire 
to do something springs forth. It is a binding ex- 
perience between us and those in need. It 
strengthens our faith as our Lord responds and 
helps us to be able to accept His will in the way 
He answers. God knew little Joel's greatest need 
was to be with Jesus and in tender love took him 
home to glory. 

Another wonderful result of praying is the way 
it brings strangers together as friends. Recently a 
lovely teenager suffered an illness which 
necessitated a hospital stay in a distant city. We 
prayed and wrote letters of en- 
couragement and a friendship 
started which is still growing. 
Many people in your church or 
neighborhood need a new 
friend and the message of 
God's love. Why not let God 
work through you this new 
year and reach out to someone 
through the gifts of prayer and 

love Mary Hammers 




Mount Climbing 

1987-88 

Givim 




Matthew 



SRALD/ January 15, 1988 



HOME MISSIONS 



A THp Through the Fire 

by Liz Cutler 



It became a familiar sight in Grace Brethren 
gatherings around the nation -- the attractive 
Black couple singing gospel tunes in close har- 
mony; the tall, dapper pastor and his diminutive 
wife sharing their testimony through music. 

Earl and Cosy Pittman had been singing 
together since the first moment they met while 
students at Atlanta's Morris Brown College. Dur- 
ing the years he studied at Grace Theological 
Seminary in Winona Lake, IN, they were in de- 
mand for special music and even after they moved 
to Xenia, OH in 1984 to begin a Grace Brethren 
Church, they continued a concert ministry. 




Earl and Cosy Pittman 

Their opportunity to sing at the Northwest 
District Conference last February was rather 
routine. Leaving their three children with friends 
in Xenia, OH, they flew to Sunnyside, WA. They 
were excited about the opportunity to be involved 
in the conference and they were to meet with 
district officials to discuss the possible beginning 
of a Black work in the Northwest area. 

Only one thing clouded the trip. Cosy had a cold. 

"It was a bad cold," she recalls. "But I didn't pay 
any attention to it." She coughed through a 



couple of concerts and doctored herself as best she 
could. 

Returning to Ohio, she dove into conditioning 
the girl's track team at the junior high where she 
taught. 

And the cold continued to worsen. Her chest felt 
heavy and at times, the pain was unbearable. 

Cosy had taken her personal and sick days to 
minister in Washington. "I didn't want to lose any 
pay, so I just didn't take off," she recalls. 

One Friday morning in March, she arrived at 
school, ready for another day of teaching English 
and Spanish. But by the time she walked the short 
distance from the parking lot to the teacher's 
lounge, she collapsed. 

"That's when it started," she notes. 

By the following Monday, she was in the hospital 
for the first of several extended stays. 

At first she was diagnosed as having pneumonia. 
But the condition didn't improve. One morning as 
the lung specialist attempted to take some tissue 
for testing, she coughed real hard. The lung punc- 
tured and collapsed 60 percent. 




Shaye, Sean and Isaac 



22 



HERALD/ January 15, 19; 



HOME MISSIONS 




Earl checks Cosy's sugar level in her blood. 



The tissue revealed a need for further tests and 
the doctors scheduled an open lung surgery. 

"They had to see which area of the lung was 
damaged the most," she says. 

The whole right lung and a portion of the left 
one was injured. 

"They seemed to feel that it came from the 
pneumonia because I'd let it go so long without 
treatment," she adds. 

The condition was diagnosed as interstitial 
pulmonary fibrosis where the nodules in the lung 
harden so that oxygen cannot be diffused 
throughout the body. It can be treated only with 
large doses of corticosteroids such as prednisone. 

And the disease is terminal. 

The prednisone, which was to keep the disease 
in check, also had some side effects. One of them 
was sugar diabetes. 

Energetic Cosy, always on the go tending to her 
family, leading Bible studies, and spending time 
with her students, was bedfast. A nurse had to be 
engaged to care for her when the family wasn't 
home. 

"We never understand why the Lord allows cer- 
tain things to happen." She speaks slowly, often 
pausing for a breath. "But through the whole 
thing, somebody gets saved, or gets to know the 



Lord, or starts depending on Him. The Lord 
allowed me to continue to have enough strength 
to tell people about him and to share the Gospel 
in the hospital." 

The disease has taken a toll on Cosy's body. The 
prednisone has not worked effectively and the 
fibrosis has continued to spread. She must always 
be on oxygen and her diet is closely monitored to 
help control the diabetes. 

But if hasn't slowed her down -- much. 

"There are days that I can't do anything but just 
raise a finger," she admits. But she continues to 
disciple a variety of women and girls from her bed. 
Nights when she cannot sleep are often spent in 
prayer and she is frequently on the phone en- 
couraging far away family and friends. 

"I really thought I was ministering," she says of 
her healthier days, "but I guess the Lord's not done 
yet." 

The experience has drawn her family closer 
together. 

"Sometimes God has to take you through the fire 
for you to really realize your full potential for Him," 
says Earl, who currently serves as associate pastor 
at the Calvary Brethren Church in nearby Ketter- 
ing and teaches at Dayton Christian School. (The 
church planting effort in Xenia was discontinued 



)RALD/ January 15, 1988 



HOME MISSIONS 




Jerri helps adjust Cosy's oxygen on a 
trip to the doctor. 

last year.) "As a family, it's rough for us right now. 
In the end, I think we're the ones who are going 
to benefit." 

Shaye, 16. Sean, 14. and Isaac, 4, all pitch in to 
help with household chores and care for their 
mom. But Earl and Cosy also make sure they are 
involved in school and church activities. 

"Shaye was real bitter for awhile because it was 
just like everything fell on her with being the girl," 
notes Cosy. "I think we weren't sensitive enough 
to realize that's what was happening." 

A junior at Dayton Christian High School, Shaye 
has found her mother's illness has given her an 
opportunity to minister to others. "It's kind of neat 
because I get to lift other people up," she says with 
a quick smile. 

Perhaps what has overwhelmed the family most 
has been the expressions of love they have received 
from their community and from throughout the 
Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches. 

Nearly half a dozen scrapbooks are filled with 
cards and notes from family and friends around 
the country. And often they arrived with a finan- 
cial gift to help with expenses. 

"Insurance pays for 90 percent of my oxygen," 
she notes. Other big expenses are also covered by 
her insurance. But just when they need to pur- 
chase insulin or pay a doctor bill, a few dollars ar- 
rive in the mail. 

"We haven't had to really want for anything," 
says Earl. "God, through his people, has just real- 
ly been there when we needed Him and just bless- 
ed abundantly." 

Throughout his wife's illness, Earl has main- 
tained his cheerful spirit. 

"I've always been able to turn things over to the 
Lord," he says. "I'm just trusting Him through the 
whole thing. I just don't worry about a lot of things 
because I know it doesn't do any good to worry. All 
I do is make myself sick then I won't be able to 



function in the role in which I'm supposed to func- 
tion," he adds. "I simply turn it over to Him and 
keep my faith and trust in Him." 

The Pittmans have come to grips with the fact 
that Cosy is dying. The doctors originally gave her 
two to ten years to live, but that has been 
shortened. 

"We talk about 'Oh, won't it be great to see the 
Lord come now,"' says Cosy, her eyes filling with 
tears. "We joke about stuff like that, but when it's 
actually true, it's scary." 

She pauses for a breath, tears streaming down 

her face. 

"It's scary. On one hand, I'd love to see the Lord. 
There have been times I've been hurting so bad, 
it's almost like 'take me now, okay? This is it, I'm 
through with it.'" 

But at those moments, four-year-old Isaac 
bounds through her bedroom door to tell her about 
his day at pre-school or Shaye and Sean sit on the 
end of her bed to pick out music for a special event 
where they are singing. 




Cosy continues to minister from her 
bed. 

And she dreams of singing again with her hus- 
band. "I probably won't make it through the whole 
concert because I'll probably cry through half of 
it," she says, "but I'm going to sing." 




Liz Cutler is director of public relations for Grace 
Brethren Home Missions. A resident of Warsaw, IN, 
she is a graduate of Grace College and Ball State 
University. 



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HERALD/ January 15, 19 



HOME MISSIONS 



fe.'ft? 



NOW 




"I've always wanted to follow 
Christ, but never gotten around 
to it," says Tammy Rea, a 
29-year-old computer operator 
from Hartford, City, IN. 

She and her husband, Doug 
hadn't been attending church 



Getting Around lb Christ 

until someone invited them to the 
Grace Brethren Church. 
"Although I had attended 
churches of various denomi- 
nations, I had never before been to 
one so warm and friendly," she 
recalls. "That congregation and 
Pastor Phil and Minda Spence 
were the stepping stones in the 
progression of my life with Christ." 

After a Valentine's banquet last 
February, Tammy and Doug 
stopped to see the Spences. 

"They had been attending the 
church about one month," recalls 
the pastor. That evening he 
shared the plan of salvation with 
the couple. "Doug rededicated his 
life, but Tammy stated she had 
never trusted Christ before. She 
did that evening." 

The couple and their two child- 




Tammy, Doug, Brock and Braun Rea 

ren have been enthusiastically 
involved in the ministry of the 
Hartford City GBC. They faithful- 
ly attend Sunday services and a 
Wednesday evening Bible study. 
Tammy has "gotten around" to 
trusting Christ and serving Him. 



Innovative Church Planting Method Used in Texas 



"We didn't get what we expected, but I believe 
we got something better," reports Pastor Ron 
Guiles after the opening Sunday for the Grace 
Fellowship Church in Hurst, TX. One hundred and 
forty-six individuals attended the first worship 
service on November 22. 

The new church is the result of an innovative 
method of church planting which uses the 
telephone. 

Beginning in early October, a team of interested 
individuals began calling residents in a targeted 
area of the greater Dallas/Fort Worth area. By the 
time the "dial-ups" were completed, more than 
46,000 homes had been contacted with an invita- 
tion to attend. This produced a list of nearly 5,000 
individuals who wanted more information about 
the new church. Of that number, it was expected 
that ten percent would attend the opening service 
of this new ministry. 

"We didn't get the large, large numbers we had 
anticipated," adds the pastor, "but the people who 
came were really, really interested." Many of the 
people are interested in becoming involved in the 
new work. 

Those who have used the teleministry report 
that half of those who attend on the first Sunday 
will continue to be involved. However, Pastor Ron 
is confident that the retention rate at Grace 
Fellowship will be higher. 



The new group is currently meeting at a Seventh 
Day Adventist Church in Hurst, Texas. However, 
there is an urgent need to move the services to a 
new location. Pray with Pastor Ron Guiles, and 
Pastor Steve Howell as they work with this new 
group of people and as they seek a new meeting 
location. 




Dallas Teleministry Team - Gerald and 
Phyllis Polman; Steve and Sherie Howell and 
Christi, Janell, Marc, Phillip and Sandy; Ron 
and Irene Guiles. 



RALD/ January 15, 1988 



BRETHREN EVANGELISTIC MINISTRIES 



A Pastor's Longing 
For Revival 



by Dr. Truman Dollar 



Braniff flight 544 to Detroit 
tipped slightly forward, tele- 
graphing that we had begun our 
descent into Metro Airport. I was 
in a reflective mood, alternating 
between reading Craddock's new 
book on preaching and letting my 
mind wander about the future. 

Yesterday, I was 50 years old. I 
had purposely planned a 10-day 
vacation to be away from home 
when I reached that milestone - 
no fanfare, no party - just some 
happy times with my family and 
some time alone. The family re- 
mained in Missouri while I re- 
turned early to Detroit to the tasks 
ahead and my pulpit. 

The next four days I would be 
alone. I looked forward to it. My 
mind worked overtime as I re- 
viewed the years. The world has 
changed dramatically during the 
half century of my life. America 
became the most powerful de- 
mocracy on earth. Israel was 
reborn just as God promised. In 
my lifetime the average annual 
family income in the United 
States increased from $1,893 to 
$29,212. Our population doubled. 
I remember the day FDR died, the 
assassination of JFK, and the day 
I met Ronald Reagan. Technology 
exploded. Television, computers, 
and space travel all came about in 
that same 50 years. 

As I view life at 50, I think my 
perspective is the thing that has 
changed most. When I turned 30 
I wanted to build a large church. 
At 40 I wanted to learn how to 
preach. But at 50 I want to know 
God deeply. I am not sure if that 
is chronology or personal growth. 
My values have certainly 
changed. Material possessions 
don't appeal to me. I don't really 
want anything - not an auto- 
mobile, golf clubs, nothing. If I 
have learned anything it is that 



When I turned 30 

I wanted to build 
a large church. 

At 40 I wanted to 
learn how to preach. 

But at 50 I want 
to know God deeply. 



things don't satisfy. I could have 
learned it at 20 if I had understood 
and believed Solomon. 

I want the remaining years of 
my life to be significant. The 
reality of one's mortality is sober- 
ing. In the brief time I had alone, 
I reflected on some things I want 
to do and some things I want to 
learn. Since early childhood I 
have been a voracious reader, but 
that is not enough to make life 
rich. You must experience 
things, not just read about them. 
I thought seriously of the things 
I want to do. 

I want to learn to sail. I have 
flown since my early thirties. It 
helped me absorb modern tech- 
nology. I think sailing will help me 
touch the past. I want to learn it 
well - to feel comfortable in a 
good-sized rig. The silence, the 
wind, the spray will minister to 
my mind. 

I have a compulsion to view life 
under Communism, especially in 
China where a fifth of the world 
lives. I want very much to know 
personally the great revival that 
has occurred there in the last 
decade. I feel it would give more 
significance to my preaching and 
to the command to preach the 
gospel to every creature. 

But above all things, I want to 
see and experience revival in 
America. The second chapter of 
Joel 2 looms large in my life. Peter 



explained Pentecost as a "pres- 
ence of God" like Joel talked 
about. Joel suggested there would 
be times when God would super- 
naturally and sovereignly move, 
and I yearn to be a part of it. My 
love of history gives passion to my 
desire. 

The stories of Whitefield, the 
Wesleys, Jonathan Edwards, and 
David Brainerd burn in my soul. 
I read enviously of God's visitation 
in their generation. I pore over the 
same material written by a dozen 
authors. I know the obscure ele- 
ments, pains, victories, and dis- 
appointments of their lives. But 
reading is not enough. 

I read the story of Evan Roberts 
and the great Welsh revival of 
1904, and I marvel at how a whole 
nation was moved. Whole work- 
shops erupted with a desire for j 
God. 

The story of the great American 
prayer revival of 1857 and 1858 
astounds me most. Beginning 
with six people in New York City, 
a lay-led revival of prayer swept 
thousands of New England com- 
munities. In my mind, I follow a 
map from city to city watching 
God respond to the pleading of 
His people. More than a million 
souls came to Christ. 

I want to be present the next 
time God moves sovereignly 
among His people. I don't need to 
be a leader or an instigator. I just 
want to be present. 

Some believe God may let the 
church age end like it began, with 
a great revival. Oh, God, just let 
me be a part. I would die happy. 
My life may be two-thirds gone, 
but there is enough time for 
revival. Lord, let it come. At 50, 
that is my burden. £9 

Dr. Truman Dollar is Senior Pastor of Tem- 
ple Baptist Church, Redford, MI. Reprinted 
by permission from the Fundamentalist 
Journal November, 1987. 



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a college education. 

An ideal place to begin saving for that 
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It's Not too 
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Me in Reading 
through the 
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It has been several years since I have read through the entire Bible in a &**■&>• 
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of my problems is to have a good schedule. , nA „, 

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I would like to have you join with other 
Brethren this year. When you complete the 
reading of the entire Bible, drop me a line 
and I will make note of it. You may use any 
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Do it as a family, as an individual as a 
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If you would like to use the One Year 
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FELLOWSHIP NEWS 



FELLOWSHIP NEWS 



MARRIAGES 

The following weddings were per- 
formed in the Myerstown (PA) Grace 
Brethren Church, Luke Kauffman, 
pastor: 

BARE: Lisa Himmelberger and 
Richard Bare, August 22, 1987. 
Pastor Carroll Bingaman was the 
officiating minister. 
KLOPP: Heather MacFadyen and 
Timothy Klopp, October 31, 1987. 
Pastor Jeff Dunkle officiated. 
MILLER: Mary Hamilton and 
Robert Miller, August 29, 1987. 
NGUYEN: Cindy Wenger and Mao 
Nguyen, October 17, 1987 
RUBART: Debbie Ausband David 
Rubart, October 3, 1987 
STOEVER: Jody Achey and 
Michael Stoever, November 7, 1987 



DEATHS 

CLANCY, MRS. LORIENE, 90, 

August 2, 1987 She was a member 
of the Myerstown (PA) Grace 
Brethren Church. Luke Kauffman, 
pastor. 

JURKE, ANNA, 91, November 24, 
1987 She was the mother of Ronald 
Jurke (an ordained minister in the 
Grace Brethren Fellowship) and a 
member of the West Kittanning 
Grace Brethren Church. Richard 
Cornwell, pastor. 

MATHYS, RETHA, November 10, 
1987. She was a member of the 
Grace Brethren Church of Homer- 
ville, OH. Robert Holmes, pastor. 



NEWS UPDATE 

CALIFORNIA CHURCHES 
VOTE TO MERGE 

At a well-attended business 
meeting after the morning service 
on December 13, 1987, Grace 
Fellowship Church of Long Beach 
(formerly North Long Beach 
Brethren) voted to call Dr. Mick 



Ukleja as pastor, and to merge with 
Grace Community Church of Los 
Alamitos. 549 people cast ballots, 
and more than 73% of them favored 
the merger. 

On January 3, Pastor Ukleja 
began preaching at Grace 
Fellowship Church at the 9 a.m. ser- 
vice, while preaching at Los 
Alamitos at 10:45 a.m. The two chur- 
ches are about 14 miles from each 
other. On Sunday evenings, creative 
things will be done with the staff 
pastors of both churches sharing 
ministries. 

Both churches have been seeking 
land in the same area, and have two 
different parcels under considera- 
tion, both in the extreme southeast 
area of Long Beach. Los Alamitos is 
currently meeting in a leased school 
building, and their lease is non- 
renewable. Grace Fellowship 
Church has at least two buyers in- 
terested in their present property. 

Sometime in 1988 the two 
churches will begin meeting together 
in a leased facility, possibly a high 
school; until their own new buildings 
are completed. The pastoral staffs of 
the two churches will all continue in 
the new church and corporation. A 
name has not yet been selected for 
the merged churches. 

The new church formed will apply 
for membership in the Fellowship of 
Grace Brethren Churches. 
— Associate Pastor Ralph Colburn 

YOUTH FOR CHRIST 
REUNION 

The founders and leaders of the 
forty-three-year-old Youth for Christ 
movement will gather in Chicago 
this year to celebrate the past and 
pass on the torch to a new genera- 
tion of leaders. 

Evangelist Billy Graham, founder 
Dr. Torrey Johnson, and former YFC 
president Dr. Ted W. Engstrom will 
head a celebrated group of former 
Youth for Christ leaders at the 
Celebration of Hope, October 20-23, 
1988 at the Chicago O'Hare Marriott 
Hotel. 



The announcement was made 
jointly by Jim Groen, President of 
Youth for Christ International, and 
Richard Wynn, President of Youth for 
Christ/USA. Dr. Roy McKeown, Presi- 
dent of World Opportunities Interna- 
tional, Hollywood, CA, was named 
Executive Director of the event. 

Contemporary church historians 
credit Youth for Christ with the im- 
petus for organizations such as the 
Billy Graham Association, World Vi- 
sion, World Opportunities Inter- 
national, Trans World Radio, Greater 
Europe Mission, Overseas Crusade, 
Gospel Films, and other ministries 
that have shaped worldwide 
evangelism since World War II. 

Very few records remain of those 
involved in the early leadership of 
Youth for Christ, so the committee 
has launched an intensive effort to 
contact anyone who served as a 
staff member, lay leader or musician 
in a local chapter. The committee 
would like these people to identify 
themselves by writing to: 1988 
Celebration of Hope, Reunion 
Office, c/o World Opportunities Inter- 
national, 1415 N. Cahuenga Blvd., 
Hollywood, CA 90028. 

Mr. Jerry Twombly, who has served 
since 1984 as Director of Develop- 
ment for Grace Schools, Winona 
Lake, IN, plans to conclude his 
ministry at Grace on August 31, 
1988. His future plans are uncertain 
at this time. 

John Gillis is the pastor of the 
eighth Grace Brethren church in 
Alaska, called the Great Land Grace 
Brethren Church of East Anchorage. 

GRACE ENROLLMENT 

Fifty-eight students have enrolled in 
Grace Seminary West, Long Beach, 
CA, for the first semester of its 
existence. Dr. E. William Male is a 
monthly commuter between Long 
Beach and Winona Lake (IN) as he 
assumes duties with both seminaries. 



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DOUBLE WEDDING 

Dr. Paul R. Bauman recently per- 
formed a double wedding for two 
granddaughters in Indiana, which is 
a rather unusual privilege. Aldine, 
Paul's wife, remains a total invalid in 
a nursing home in Longview, Texas. 

SPECIAL GUESTS 

Dr. Herman Hoyt, president 
emeritus of Grace College and 
Grace Theological Seminary, 
Winona Lake, IN, and Ed Jackson, 
eastern director of Grace Brethren 
Home Missions, Winona Lake, IN, 
were special guests of the Allegheny 
District Ministers' Retreat held at 
Camp Albryoca, Meyersdale, PA. 
During the retreat they viewed por- 
tions of potentially usable film series 
for their churches by Dr. James Dob- 
son and Dr. R. C. Sproul. Mike 
Ocealis, pastor of the Shade Grace 
Brethren Church, Windber, PA, was 
welcomed to their district. Eighteen 
men attended all or part of the 
retreat. 

Dale Hostetler has resigned from 
the pastorate of the Grace Brethren 
3hurch of Yakima, WA, after serving 
:here for eleven years. He is awaiting 
:he Lord's direction concerning his 
'uture ministry, but will continue to 
work with the church to obtain a 
successor. 

D astor Roy Glass resigned as 
senior pastor of the Grace Brethren 
3hurch of Troy, OH, and accepted a 
:all to be the associate pastor of the 
Huber Heights Grace Brethren 
3hurch, Dayton, OH. 



Pastor Ned Denlinger resigned as 
associate pastor of the Troy, OH 
Grace Brethren Church and is cur- 
rently helping in the Cincinnati, OH 
Grace Brethren Church. 

Roy E. Glass, III, has accepted the 
unanimous call of the Troy, OH 
church to be their senior pastor after 
serving three years as their youth 
pastor. 

The first Annual Knepper's 
Alaskan Fish N' Camp has been 
scheduled for July 1-9, 1988. This 
will prove to be a "rustic Alaskan 
camping and fishing experience for 
men and boys, centered around 
God's Word." For more information, 
contact: J. M. Knepper, Director, 
Knepper's Alaskan Fish N' Camp, 
2079 Radnor Ave., Long Beach, CA 
90815 (Tel. 213/493-4921). 

"Celebration of Teamwork" had 

six Northern Atlantic district 
churches participate on October 18, 
1987. This was a unique service and 
was held at the Penn Valley Grace 
Brethren Church in Telford, PA, and 
included representatives from the 
following churches: Lehigh Valley, 
First and Third in Philadelphia, Tri- 
County, and the host church. Con- 
temporary and traditional music was 
presented by musicians from several 
of the participating churches. Rev. 
Ed Lewis challenged the 446 people 
in attendance with a message on 
teamwork. A refreshment and 
fellowship hour followed. 

The purpose of the celebration 
was to create a sense of unity and 
encourage a closer relationship 
among the churches in that part of 
the district. Another such gathering 
is being planned for April 13, 1988. 

The 1988 Grace Brethren Annual 

has been placed in the mail. A copy 
has been sent to all Grace Brethren 
Ministers, three copies to all 
churches (unless more have been 
requested) and a copy to all persons 
on the Annual mailing list. 

JOIN US IN ALASKA, CHINA 

Two travel opportunities are being 
offered through Grace College and 
Theological Seminary this spring. 

Grace President Dr. John Davis, a 



noted outdoorsman and fishing ex- 
pert, will lead a group to Soldota. 
Alaska, for a week of fishing for 
salmon, halibut, rainbow trout, and 
other species. The trip is scheduled 
June 2-8 and costs $1,365 plus 
airfare. 

The Grace Alumni Association is 
sponsoring a tour May 24 - June 8 
to China. The tour will be hosted by 
Alumni Relations Director Don 
Ogden and Jim Irwin, the Apollo 15 
astronaut and one of only 12 people 
to have walked on the moon. Cost 
for this trip is $2,899 per person from 
San Francisco. 

Call the Grace Alumni Office, 
1-800-54-GRACE (outside Indiana) 
or 1-800-845-2930 (in Indiana) for 
more information about your 
reservation. 

GRACE NURSING PROGRAM 

CHANGES MEET WITH 

SUCCESS 

The 20-month nursing degree 
program at Grace College has 
undergone significant changes 
during the last two years, and 
measurable improvements have 
resulted, according to Rozella 
Sherman, head of the Nursing 
Department. 

The changes include refinements 
of the program curriculum revisions, 
and integration of practical ex- 
perience into the academic pro- 
gram, Miss Sherman explains. The 
results are already showing up in 
Grace nursing graduates' scores in 
the Indiana State Nursing Board 
licensing examinations. All of the 
1987 nursing graduates from Grace 
passed the exam with very good 
scores. The Grace graduates placed 
fourth among nearly three dozen 
nursing schools represented by 
those taking the 1987 test. 

Several new faculty have been 
added in the nursing department, all 
holding masters degrees in their 
teaching specialties. "That is a key 
element in the strength of the nurs- 
ing program," Miss Sherman says. 

Grace plans to develop a four-year 
nursing curriculum. Graduates of 
the present program who pass the 
licensing examination become 
registered nurses. 



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EDITORIAL 



Farewell to an Old Bag 



by Charles W. Turner 



I have a very difficult time 
throwing away old things. Left to 
my own methods of operation, I 
will save or store any kind of ob- 
ject: rubber bands, paper clips, 
magazines, newspaper articles, 
or even the whole newspaper! 
Every magazine holds a gem hid- 
den on each page that I feel will 
be used in a future editorial or 
some piece of written material. I 
still have records dating back to 
the early days of my college life. 
They are a part of history. Stored 
in my dresser drawer are old elec- 
tric razors, eye glasses and 
watches - do I have watches! 
Some of them have not run for 
years. My income tax forms and 
cancelled checks go back to 
1948. 1 have one of the finest col- 
lections of cancelled checks you 
have ever seen. 

So, when a decision was 
demanded concerning my old 
Hartman luggage bag, I stood at 
a crossroad in my life. It was a 
gift from the Rittman, Ohio con- 
gregation when I started my 
roaming days back in the 1960's. 
It has been to 31 countries with 
me. The handle had been torn off 
by United, American, and 
Republic (now Northwest) 
airlines. A healed wound on its 
side reminded me of the sharp 
spear I brought back from Africa 
which wasn't packed well. It has 
criss-crossed the Atlantic and 
ventured to the Pacific a number 
of times. As a companion for 
some 26 years, it had begun to 
show signs of wear. 

The latches were not all that 
tight and it had a tendency to 
surrender its contents when hit 
with the stiff arm of a careless 
baggage handler. Several years 
ago, June had suggested 
"enough was enough! Loyalty is 
one thing, but blind loyalty is 
much too much." 



During the past few years I 
have permitted myself leisure 
strolls through the luggage 
departments of discount houses 
and outlet stores. I left each time 
with a sense of guilt. What would 
my faithful old Hartman bag 
think, if it only knew of these 
pursuits? 

Then it happened on a 
business trip to Florida. I saw a 
new bag at an outlet mall in 
Orlando. It was light weight with 
those fancy roller wheels, good 
latches, and above all - a cheap 
price! I bought it. The new bag is 
beige in color and for the price, 
pretty classy. But, what do you 
do with a 26-year-old Hartman 
bag that has been so faithful 
through Europe, Africa, South 
America, Hawaii and the Middle 
East? The logical thing, of course 
. . . save it for an extra bag! 

"Not so," June said, "not so!" 
So, on the 16th floor of the High 
Q, I left a friend. What a way to 
leave a friend, without ceremony, 
but with a loving touch. On the 
handle I left a note for the 
housekeeper so she would know. 
I simply said, "I have left this lug- 
gage because it has been 
replaced by some new luggage. It 
has been a faithful friend. Try to 



find a good new home for it. With 
love, Charlie." With a slight look 
back, I took the elevator and left 
with a sense of extreme guilt. 

Good and faithful friends are 
hard to find. They should be 
nourished, cherished and their 
memory held in high esteem. 
Special friends sometimes stay 
with you for years. College 
friends, the friends in my first 
church and the members of the 
congregation who tolerated my 
youthful blunders and mistakes. 
The people who still support you 
and think you are a nice guy 
even though you see them so 
seldom. They are really great 
people and a few of them get to 
be really special. If you go 
someplace, you want them to go 
along. If you do something you 
want to tell them about it. 

There I go, wanting to hold on- 
to the old bag, the written 
records, the non-useable items 
and all of the old friends I have. 
But friends and good things 
must come in second to the great 
and good friend who sticks closer 
than a brother. I do hope that my 
Hartman ended up on a Carri- 
bean cruise or something good in 
its old age. Somehow I would feel 
better about it all. W 




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TABLE OF CONTENTS 



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Advertising 

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Department Editors: 

Christian Education 

Ed Lewis 

Brad Skiles 
Foreign Missions 

Tom Julien 

Karen Bartel 
Grace Schools 

John Davis 

Joel Curry 
Home Missions 

Robert W. Thompson 

Liz Cutler 
Women's Missionary Council 

Linda Unruh 
Dover Photograph 

Robert Mayer 



Brethren Missionary 



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Volume 50 No. 2 



February 15, 1988 






2 Editorial 

Farewell to 
an Old Bag! 

Charles W. Turner 
4 Devotional 

Our Shelter from 
the Stormy Blast 



6 CE 
CE News 



7 BEM 

Try One 
More Time 

Pastor Robert Combs 

8 Foreign Missions 

An Interview with 
Pastor/Participant 
Keith Shearer 



9 Foreign Missions 

Planted Among 



14 Current Christian Issues 
Your Church 

and AIDS! 

Charles W. Turner 

15 Book Excerpt 

Take Up and Read 

Charles W. Colson 

22 Home Missions 

Blessings in 
Disguise 

Brad Lambright 

24 Home Missions 

One Lost Jacket 



25 Home Missions 
Home Missions 
News 



22 

26 Grace Schools 

Grace Theological 
Seminary Names 
West Coast Dean 

27 WMC 

Lost! 

Susan Griffith 

29 Fellowship News 

30 Devotional 

Time with Him 

Roberta Letsch 

31 Fellowship News 



the Pygmies 



10 Foreign Missions 
Foreign Mission 
News 



11 Foreign Missions 

Because You've 
Prayed 




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DEVOTIONAL 



Our Shelter 
from the Stormy Blast 



Our God, 
Our Help in Ages Past 

Isaac Watts. 1674-1748 

Our God, our help in ages past. 

Our hope for years to come, 
Our shelter from the stormy blast. 

And our eternal home: 

Under the shadow of your throne 
Your saints have dwelt secure: 

Sufficient is your arm alone. 
And our defense is sure. 

Before the hills in order stood 

Or earth received its frame. 
From everlasting you are God, 

To endless years the same. 

A thousand ages in your sight 

Are like an evening gone. 
Short as the watch that ends the night 

Before the rising sun. 

Time, like an ever-rolling stream. 

Soon bears us all away: 
We fly forgotten, as a dream 

Dies at the op'ning day. 

Our God, our help in ages past. 

Our hope for years to come. 
Still be our guard while troubles last 

And our eternal home! 



Our Rock and Deliverer 

David sang to the Lord the words of this song when 
the Lord delivered him from the hand of all his enemies 
and from the hand of Saul. He said: 

"The Lord is my rock, my fortress 

and my deliverer; 
my God is my rock, in whom I 

take refuge, 
my shield and the horn of my 

salvation. 
He is my stronghold, my refuge and 

my savior -- 
from violent men you save me. 
I call to the Lord, who is worthy of 

praise, 
and I am saved from my enemies." 

II Samuel 22:1-4 (NIV) 



Our Refuge and Strength 

God is our refuge and strength, 

an ever-present help in trouble. 
Therefore we will not fear, though 

the earth give way 
and the mountains fall into the 

heart of the sea, 
though its waters roar and foam 
and the mountains quake with 

their surging. 
There is a river whose streams make 

glad the city of God, 
the holy place where the Most 

High dwells. 
God is within her, she will not fall; 

God will help her at break of day. 
Nations are in uproar, kingdoms 

fall; 
he lifts his voice, the earth melts. 
The Lord Almighty is with us; 

the God of Jacob is our fortress. 
Come and see the works of the 

Lord, 
the desolations he has brought on 

the earth. 
He makes wars cease to the ends of 

the earth; 
he breaks the bow and shatters 

the spear, 
he burns the shields with fire. 
"Be still, and know that I am God; 
I will be exalted among the 

nations. 
I will be exalted in the earth." 
The Lord Almighty is with us; 

the God of Jacob is our fortress. 

Psalm 46 (NIV) 



Our Prayer 



O Lord, we thank you for promising to be our refuge 
and our strength. We long to rest in your everlasting 
arms, safe from sickness, sin and our own selfishness. 

Lord, help us to not be afraid to share your gospel of 
forgiveness and eternal life with others. 

Lord, help us not to be afraid to take a holy stand 
against the evils and injustices of this age. 

Lord, help us not to be afraid to be vulnerable to 
others, to nurture relationships with other Christians, 
encouraging them. 

Lord, help us not to be afraid to confront sinful 
behavior, while loving the sinner, when you have called 
us to speak. 

Above all. Lord, we praise you for being Our Shelter 
from the Stormy Blast. 



ERALD/ February 15, 1988 



GBC CHRISTIAN EDUCATION 




Tillapaugh Td Speak 
At Ridgecrest '88 

Frank Tillapaugh, pastor of 
the Bear Valley Baptist 
Church in Denver, CO, and 
author of Unleashing The 
Church, will be one of the key 
speakers at Ridgecrest '88, 
April 4-8, 1988. Sponsored by 
GBC Christian Education, the 
conference offers five tracks 
for pastors, associates, youth 
pastors and workers, and 
women in ministry. 
Pastor Tillapaugh will speak to the entire con- 
ference, lead workshops for pastors, and be available 
for personal consultation. Mary Tillapaugh will join 
her husband in challenging and encouraging 
pastors and wives. She will also be the featured 
speaker for the "Women in Ministry" track. 

Ed Trenner, a consulting associate with 
Masterplanning Group International, is another key 
speaker at the conference. He will lead 10 pastors 
through a process of defining their churches' pur- 
pose, priorities, and goals. The limited small group 
involvement in this track will allow the pastors to 
benefit from individual counsel. 

Youth pastors and workers will learn new ideas 
and strategies through two Sonlife strategy 
seminars. A Basic Sonlife Strategy seminar will be 
taught by two certified Sonlife instructors. Sonlife, 
a ministry of Moody Bible Institute, presents a 
biblical strategy for growing a youth ministry and 
is excellent training for youth pastors and workers. 
A second track for youth workers at Ridgecrest '88 
is an Advanced Sonlife seminar, led by Darin Spader, 
founder of Sonlife Ministries. Spader draws from his 
10 years as a local church pastor and his consulta- 
tion work with over 100 churches to present youth 
ministry strategy in more depth. This track will offer 
practical tools for youth ministry, skills develop- 
ment, and personal consulting and evaluation. 

The conference is held at Ridgecrest, NC, nestled 
in the picturesque Blue Ridge Mountains. The pro- 
gramming for the week allows for afternoon free 
time for relaxing and planning. A children's track 
is also provided so families can attend. Please pray 
for the impact of this week. Call GBC Christian 
Education (219/267-6622) for more information. 

TIME Ministries Expand 

CE's Training In Missionary Endeavor program 
has expanded this year with the addition of TIME 
Teams. The new ministry in short-term missions 
draws groups of young people and adults together 
for cross-cultural evangelism and missions ex- 
perience. Five teams are planned for this summer. 
Each team will minister about four weeks and assist 



Grace Brethren missionaries through literature 
distribution, sharing of testimonies, canvassing, and 
outreach programs to youth and children. 

Martin Garber, veteran missionary to Africa, will 
lead a team to the Central African Republic. In ad- 
dition to the team's outreach to youth in cities, the 
team will minister to Pygmies and Mboro Islamic 
nomads. The team will travel over 1000 miles on 
their adventure while visiting Grace Brethren mis- 
sionary centers, hospitals, and African churches. 

Scott Miles, youth pastor at the Fairlawn Grace 
Brethren Church in Akron, OH, will lead a TIME 
team to the Mexico border this summer. The team 
will have a week of training in Akron before leaving 
for Mexico. Once on location, they hope to make con- 
tact with nationals who can be followed-up by 
church-planting missionaries. 

Bob Salazar, missionary to Spain, will lead a TIME 
Team in Spain. The evangelistic team will assist Bob 
and Marilyn Salazar in their church planting efforts 
by being involved in a children's Bible school and 
outreach ministries to youth and adults. 

Two other TIME teams will reach out to North 
Brazil and the Philippines. Similar to the other 
teams, these groups will be working with Grace 
Brethren missionaries in church planting ministries. 

All the teams promise to be great experiences 
in missions, evangelism, and prayer. Over thirty 
people have been accepted for these teams. Many 
of the participants will use this experience to aid 
them in determining if God is calling them to a 
career in missions. Others are participating to help 
in these evangelistic thrusts. 

Pray for the final development of these teams and 
for the participants as they prepare this spring for 
these experiences. 

New Resource lb leach 
Grace Brethren Beliefs 

A study book in Grace Brethren doctrine was 
released last month by GBC Christian Education. 
Titled, Biblical Beliefs, this first book teaches the 
first six elements of the Grace Brethren statement 
of faith: The Bible, God, Man, Jesus Christ, Salva- 
tion, and the Holy Spirit. More than 90 pages in 
length, the book uses a fill-in-the-blank approach in > 
this doctrinal study. 

The book is intended to be used with Christians. 
Some of the questions the study answers are: How 
do you know the Bible is God's Word? How can you 
prove God's existence? What difference does it make 
whether Christ was born of a virgin? Can we lose 
our salvation? How does the Holy Spirit com- 
municate today? 

The new resource is available in both a youth and 
adult edition. A leader's guide is available for each 
edition. The student book is sold for $3.50 and the 
leader's guide costs $1.75. 



HERALD/ February 15, 19 



BRETHREN EVANGELISTIC MINISTRIES 



Try One More Time 




by Pastor Robert Combs, 
Grace Brethren 
Church of 
Norton, Ohio 



He was my friend. I would see him at the grocery 
store, and he called me his friend. His kids and 
wife came to church faithfully. He would come 
when one of the grandkids were dedicated or when 
they were in a special program. He loved softball 
and would often come to the games, since his 
children were involved. 

On a number of occasions I talked to him about 
his relationship with Christ. The "Roman Road" 
and other witnessing methods were used, but he 
always had the same answer. "I'm not ready yet." 

Sometimes I asked, "When are you going to 
accept Jesus?" Each time the answer came back, 
"I don't know." 

He got cancer. At first it was only a small mole 
that they burned off in the doctor's office. Then it 
was larger, they operated, and the doctor thought 
he removed all of the cancer. Eventually the 
growth came back and was much worse than 
before. He went to the Cleveland Clinic and faced 
the possibility of having much of his face 
disfigured. 

We gathered together around his bed shortly 
before surgery, his wife, two daughters, and I. We 
needed a miracle, not just for the physical cancer 
in his body, but also for the cancer in his soul. 
Joining hands for prayer, I offered "Lennie, you 
pray first." 

"No, I'll pass." 

With tears running down her face, his daughter 
prayed aloud, "Oh God, don't let my dad die until 
he knows Jesus." Her sister prayed much the same 
prayer. 

As he lay on the cart, tears filled his eyes as he 



faced another surgery and whatever lay beyond 
that. Together we watched him go. Lennie came 
back with a disfigured face and his future even 
more in question than before. He eventually came 
home after radiation and chemotherapy, but Len- 
nie still didn't know Jesus. 

Later, after teaching one of the warning passages 
in Hebrews, I was once again moved to go to Len- 
nie, to share the passage of Scripture with him and 
to confront him about his need of salvation. 

"Won't you accept Jesus today?" 

Lennie nodded, and I asked him to kneel by the 
chair. With joy and weeping, Lennie, his wife and 
I knelt together around a chair while he prayed to 
receive Christ into his life. 

Later that afternoon as he rode his lawn mower, 
he gave the "thumps-up" sign to his Godly 
neighbors who had faithfully prayed for Lennie's 
salvation for many years. In Lennie's own way, he 
wanted them to know that, at last, their prayers 
had been answered. 

We held an anointing service for him, praying 
that God would heal Lennie. It was an emotional 
time as the family joined leaders from the church 
and Lennie's godly neighbors in committing him 
to the Lord. 

Weeks went by. We watched as Lennie's features 
became more and more grotesque. Yet, as his face 
became more gruesome, his spirit became more 
beautiful. The "thumbs-up" sign became his way 
of expressing an inner peace that he found. What 
ajoy it was to stand by his bed as Lennie breathed 
his final breaths, and to know that my friend was 
with my Jesus. 



FOREIGN MISSIONS 



The Pastoral Institute for World Mission 

An Interview with Pastor/Participant 

Keith Shearer 






After receiving a letter of invitation from mis- 
sionary Roger Peugh and the approval and support 
of their church, the Osceola GBC, Pastor Keith 
Shearer and his wife, Laura, attended the Pastoral 
Institute for World Mission on October 30 -- 
November 6, 1987, at the Chateau of St. Albain in 
France. Prior to the Institute, Keith visited his 
church's missionary representatives, Tom and 
Sharon Stallten in the Central African Republic in 
order to encourage them and to experience and in- 
itiate a first-hand relationship with nationals and 
churches which the Osceola GBC believers have 
helped to plant. Following the Institute, he visited 
their remaining representatives in Europe: the 
DeArmeys, Jacksons, and Roger Stover. 

What were the main emphases of the 
Institute? 

Prayer played the biggest part. There were no 
lessons "on" or "how to" pray; it was just "LET'S 
DO IT!" I was forced to refocus on making prayer 
a priority in my life, not to take it for granted, to 
be in prayer not once a day or one hour a day, but 
throughout the day, always. 

I learned that teamwork is "unity around a 
task"; however, what I saw in practice goes far 
beyond the definition. One night there was a 
gathering of Germans at Jim and Fran Fredericks' 
home. I sensed that these were people who enjoyed 
meeting together, who cared about each others' 
needs, and who prayed spontaneously for each 
other. There was sincere bonding and fellowship. 
They were united to a task with spiritual unity. 
What a brilliant example! 

In thought, in contrast, we tend to live in our 
own world so much that it's hard for people to 
come out and say, "Let's pray right now", or to ex- 
press feelings and affections. It's not cultural; it's 
spiritual, because I saw Americans doing it in 
Europe and Africa and I know it can be done. 

How can this type of teamwork begin in 
GBCs in America? 

By the pastors and lay people becoming hum- 
ble. Taking the focus off of self and putting it on 
the Lord. 

What do you hope to accomplish in your 
church as a result of the Institute? 

I believe that when you take prayer out of a 
mutual relationship that you take love out of 
fellowship. I want to be involved with the elders of 
our church in contexts other than church acti- 
vities, to have them in my home for no other 



reason except that we want to be there - just like 
the gathering in Germany. I'd like to see spontanei- 
ty and vibrancy put back into our relationship. 
Most of all, I want us to pray. 

At the Institute we were encouraged to get in- 
volved, as a church, in a specific Grace Brethren 
church planting ministry and to be willing to say, 
"Let's follow through, let's make sure it happens." 
We want to do that for the Brazil field. 

Would you recommend the Pastoral In- 
stitute for World Missions to other pastors and 
mission committee members? 

Yes! We are all busy and time is at a premium, 
but the first-hand relationship with nationals and 
missionaries on their own turf gave me time to 
back off and look at my own ministry with a dif- 
ferent perspective. I was challenged to dream, to 
reflect, to pray, and to begin to put into practice 
the principles I had learned. The people next door 
aren't any less lost than in Europe or Africa -- 
prayer, spiritual unity, teamwork - it all applies 
right here. 

"Missions is not what the church can do for a 
missionary; it's what the church can do through 
a missionary." The need of the hours is for unity 
amongst true believers, in particular those of our 
own fellowship. We need to develop unity and vi- 
sion and stay true to God's program and we will 
be on the cutting edge of the missionary move- 
ment all around the world. 



Others who participated in the Pastoral 
Institute were: 

Carl Baker, Rosemont, West Virginia GBC 

Jack &. Myrtle Baker, Simi Valley, California GBC 

Jay Bell, GBC of Long Beach, California 

Ron St Ruth Bowland, Peru, Indiana GBC 

lbm &, Sandy Brannon, Grace Fellowship Church, Long Beach 

Don St and Cynthia Byers, Grace Church of Orange, California 

Anthony DeRosa, Whittier, California GBC 

Al St Sharon Edgington, Warsaw, IN Community GBC 

Charles St Margaret Frost, Findlay, Ohio GBC 

Wayne Hannah, Richmond, Virginia GBC 

Dr. Greg Judd, Grace Brethren Church Long Beach. CA 

Wendell Kent, GBFM office representative 

Bob Langdon, Whittier, CA Community GBC 

Dave St Carolyn Leimelster, Fairlawn, Ohio GBC 

Keith & Nancy Merriman, Orrville, Ohio GBC 

Mark St Bobbie Saunders, Ephrata, Pennsylvania GBC 

Bill St Shirley Stevens, Lake Odessa, Michigan GBC 

Paul St Hildy Sunthimer, Stow, Ohio GBC 

Steue Taylor, Aiken. South Carolina GBC 

Ed and Carla Trenner, Grace Church of Orange, California 

Richard Todd, Whittier, California Community GBC 



HERALD/ February 15, 19« 



FOREIGN MISSIONS 



Planted Among the Pygmies 



Five Grace Brethren churches have been planted 
among the Pygmies in the Central African 
Republic, not by GBFM missionaries, but by the 
men they have trained. 

Says Central African Francois-Jonas Gouette, 
pastor of one of the churches, "It took me at least 
a month before one or two Pygmies accepted Jesus 
Christ as Lord and Savior, but since that time 140 
have begun to attend church services. We are in 
the process of teaching them the Word of God so 
that we can have our first baptismal service." 

According to Gouette, the Pygmies are difficult 
to reach because they are afraid. "One must be 
patient," he says. "One must adapt to their way of 
living and not be judgmental of their cir- 
cumstances." They are especially accessible in the 
evenings. 

What is the best way to evangelize this 
unreached people group? "Through images," says 
Gouette, "such as well-prepared photos or film 
strips on the death and resurrection of Jesus." 

However, like most church planting efforts, the 
most effective way to reach the Pygmies is through 
their own people. At the present time, there is one 
Pygmy man who is attending the Elementary 
Bible School in Mbaiki. Says Gouette, "He has 
been instrumental in the lives of the 140 converts 
and continues to make evangelistic trips to 
minister to his own people." 

Most of the Pygmies in the C.A.R. live in two 
regions, Mbaiki and Nola. These regions are con- 
tiguous, but almost completely separated by 
rugged jungle terrain. Estimates give the Pygmy 
population in the Mbaiki region at about 8,000 and 
in the Nola region at about 12,000. 

The Mbaiki Pygmies live in more or less perma- 
nent villages and in a close relationship with the 
other Central African peoples who inhabit the 
area. A number of the Central Africans consider 
certain families among the Pygmies to be their 
slaves. The Pygmies work in their gardens and 
share the game which they kill in the jungles. In 
return, the Central Africans provide them with 
garden produce, salt, tobacco, etc. It is among 
these Pygmies that some of our Central African 
pastors have been able to establish five Pygmy 
churches. 

The Pygmies that inhabit the Nola region are far 
less "domesticated". They still maintain their 
nomadic way of life and are not in the same 
dependency relationship with the other Central 
African peoples. At times they make their camp 




near a Central African village and barter meat 
from the game they have killed in the forest for the 
other items of produce they require for food. They 
will then break camp and retreat back into the 
recesses of the jungle forest, perhaps to re-emerge 
on another day. 

The Nola region Pygmies have hardly been 
touched with the Gospel. Some African pastors 
have attempted to reach them but quickly meet 
opposition from the Central Africans of the area 
who thrive on the present barter system with the 
Pygmies; a system which is greatly to their advan- 
tage. They are afraid that contact with the Gospel 
might endanger that relationship. This attitude, 
coupled with the universal belief among the 
Africans that Pygmies are sub-human and not 
worthy subjects of evangelism, have created bar- 
riers that have yet to be overcome. 

Pray that missionaries and Central African 
pastors may soon be able to penetrate the darkness 
of superstition which still tightly shackles the 
Pygmies in the Nola region, and the great majori- 
ty of the Pygmies in the Mbaiki area as well. Pray 
that young Pygmies can be reached and taught the 
Word in order to reach all their people, even in the 
recesses of the jungle. £2 



JpiALD/ February 15, 1988 



9 



FOREIGN MISSIONS 



Foreign Mission News 



Extending the Extension 

Smce its establishment at the Chateau of St. Aibain 
in France in 1985. Grace Seminary Extension in Europe 
has been seeking to assist European churches in train- 
ing leaders who are "characterized by a level of 
eweHence and depth of commitment to the study and 
practice of truth'' and who have had advanced training 
n bUca Bieo ::■ 3ut in recent weeks, it has 
expanded its ministry potential by offering its MA in 
Missions degree program and other courses at the Freie 
Hochschule fur Mission (Free Graduate School of Mis- 
sions) in Korntal. Germany. 




German missionaries from this school will not only 
take classes in Korntal. but will also take courses at the 
Chateau each April/May and July/August. 

Says Trevor Craigen, who will oversee and teach GSX 
courses, "God can use these courses to make a signifi- 
cant impact upon the hearts and lives of all involved." 



ing Germans and internationals. The Craigens will also 
continue their ministry with the Grace Seminary Exten- 
sion at the Chateau during the summers. 




The Kiddoo family 

Missionaries Bill and Becky Kiddoo have moved 
recently from Sutton Coldfield to Solihull, England 
where they will be teaming up with Phil and Elinor 
Steele. Their new address is: 28 Rainsbrook Drive, 
Monkspath. Solihull. West Midlands England B90 4th. 



Relocating the Reps 




Trevor and Colleen Craigen 



Missionaries Trevor and Colleen Craigen will be mov- 
ing from Macon, France to Stuttgart, Germany where 
they will be overseeing the new ministry of the Grace 
Seminary Extension classes at the Free Graduate 
School of Missions in Korntal, Germany; teaching: and 
beginning a (fscipleship ministry with English speak- 



High Call, High Privilege 

The second church 
planted by GBFM mis- 
sionaries in England 
held its first church 
service on Christmas 
morning. Regular ser- 
vices began on Jan. 3. 

Says missionary 
Dave Kowalke, 'The 
past year has made 
us very aware of the 
great responsibility in- 
volved in church 
planting. Another cou- 
ple trusted Christ this 
past month and we 
decided that now is 
the time to begin 
morning worship ser- 
vices. The real minis- 
The Kowalke fam,ly tfy js Qn|y ^^^^ 

now, perhaps the time when the fiercest struggles en- 
sue, and Satan's attacks are intensified. We need more 
laborers to reap the harvest." 




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HERALD/ February 15, 19^ 



FOREIGN MISSIONS 



Because You've Prayed 

Excerpts from Recent Prayer Letters 



Ramseysin Germany 

Four years ago. a 
handful of believers 
began a series of eight 
studies on the doctrine of 
the Church with the 
subsequent formation of a 
church in February. 1984. 
The first months and 
years were critical. There 
was much suspicion 
about our intent and the 
church needed to estab- 
lish a reputation as a 
strong evangelical work. 
This past year, we have 
seen a host of new at- 
tenders and a steady in- 
flux of visitors. Attendance 
has nearly doubled since 
the first of the year. In fact, if the church continues to grow 
at the present rate, it will necessitate the removal of a wall 
between our meeting room and the present church of- 
fice to allow for increased seating capacity. We can only 
attribute this to God's sovereign timing and much prayer. 





Austins in the C.A.R. 

Gary. Jean and Pastor Martin were able to complete 
a 10-day. 410 km trip to visit 17 of our Brethren churches 
in the southern part of the Bocaranga District. In those 
10 days, we were able to minister to over 2.200 people, 
many of whom have never gone more than 30 km beyond 
their town boundaries. 

Among the 17 churches, which represent 23 percent 
of all Brethren churches in the Bocaranga area, we found 
2346 members plus 354 new converts (not baptized). 
There were 248 converts baptized this past year! Over 



450 meet for early morning prayer before going to their 
gardens. (That's 19 percent of the membership.) 

Keep on praying! Our goal this year is to visit all 74 
Bocaranga District churches. Pray with us that our 
ministry might impact the lives of these beievers for God's 
glory in this heart of Africa. 

Salazars in Spain 




Robert and Marilyn Salazar 

A Muslim couple declare they are thrilled to see the 
change in their daughter's attitude and life since she has 
been attending services at the worship center in Valen- 
cia. Spain. Their daughter insists on praying at the table 
before meals and reading the Bible before bedtime She 
is sharing the Gospel with children in school and witness- 
ing to people who live in her 15-story building. 



Kirnbauers in Japan 

Mr. Kinjo to a friend 
separated from his wife 
seeking counsel: "1 have 
friends in Karuizawa (us) 
who are Christians and 
whom I think have the 
power to live life. I think 
you and your wife need to 
do two things: believe and 
pray." 

Mr. Kinjo to a mutual 
friend of ours before he 
took a national English 
test: This test is different 
from any other test I've 
taken, my friends are 
praying for me." (He 
passed the first half so 
far.) 




ERALD/ February 15, 1988 



11 



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Grace College and Theological 
Seminary is now accepting applica- 
tions for the position of Director of 
Development. 

Responsibilities include (1) ad- 
ministrative oversight of all 
Developmental Department func- 
tions, including Alumni Relations, 
Church Relations, Fund Raising, 
Public Relations and Media, and 
Student Recruitment, and (2) the 
planning and implementation of 
fund raising efforts for capital 
development and current opera- 
tions, with significant personal in- 
volvement in the cultivation of ma- 
jor donors. 

Professional experience in fund- 
raising and public relations is essen- 
tial for this position. 

A letter of application, complete 
resume and appropriate references 
should be sent no later than March 
15 to Dr. John Davis, President, 
Grace Schools, 200 Seminary Drive, 
Winona Lake, IN 46590. 



Brethren Evangelistic Ministries. 

First Love Renewals were held at the 
Patterson Memorial Grace Brethren 
Church, Roanoke, Virginia, and the 
Grace Brethren Church of St. 
Petersburg, Florida, last December. 
More than 32 Brethren pastors and 
69 laypeople registered and par- 
ticipated. The team was headed by 
Evangelist Juan M. Isais and Dan 
Hartzler of Mexico City. Alan Read 
provided music leadership and con- 
ducted worship workshops. Many 
public commitments were made. 
The Renewals were sponsored by 
Brethren Evangelistic Ministries. 

April 26 to May 1 is the target date 
for the next First Love Renewal. This 
will be held in conjunction with the 
West Penn District Conference, 
hosted by the Riverside Grace 
Brethren Church in Johnstown, 
Pennsylvania. 

A Mini-Renewal is scheduled for 
our National CE Convention at Palm 
Desert, California, on August 4. 



Winona Lake, IN - Grace College 
Lancers men's basketball team, has 
a 20-3 record as of February 4, 1988. 
Coach Jim Kessler is in his 10th year 
as head coach of the team. 



Reading the Bible 
Through in 1988 

Dear Brother Charles, 

I'd like to join you in reading 
the Bible through in 1988. 

Each year for the past 31, I 
have read through the entire 
Bible. 

I praise the Lord for this 
blessing in reading His Word! 
Sincerely in Him, 
Agnes Bracker 
Winona Lake, IN 




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Your Church and AIDS! 



During the month of January, the National 
Grocers Association had planned to go to San 
Francisco to hold a workshop. The name of the 
workshop was to be "AIDS in the Workplace". But, 
on second thought, the sessions were changed to 
"Current Developments -- A Labor Relations 
Review". The title was different, but the problem 
was the same. 

Meanwhile, back in Washington, representatives 
of the nation's largest corporations were getting 
ready to hear a report, "AIDS: Corporate America 
Responds". According to the report, only 5 percent 
of U.S. employers have developed an AIDS policy. 
Both of these groups were working on the same 
concern. How would they deal with the situation 
on a local level? There is no doubt that the prob- 
lem will spring up in their area of authority. The 
question is, "How will we respond?" 

New York City health officials reported that dur- 
ing the month of November, health records show 
that one baby in sixty born in their area had 
signs of the AIDS virus at the time of birth. 
Other statistics reveal that at least 1.6 million 
people are infected and that number is grow- 
ing. The insurance and hospitalization companies 
have been working on the problem longer than 
most businesses. 

Thus, there is the need for corporate America to 
set up some type of action policy to handle the 
situation at their level. There are legal problems 
and legal limits as to what can be done. There are 
the economic factors of health care insurance, 
what the costs will be and who will be covered. 
In Kokomo, Indiana a battle was fought last year 
regarding the rights of a child with AIDS to attend 
public school. These battles will be fought over and 
over again. 

The point of this article is to bring to light the 
problem that has come to America and to many 
parts of the world. The news media has not helped 
in the matter. The early presentations of a few 
years ago brought mass hysteria due to the man- 
ner in which they were presented. Now the folks 
who set the fire are crying for everyone to be calm. 
Reliable information is very difficult to secure, 
possibly because there is limited reliable 
information. 

As is true in all areas, a need exists to bring a 
calm approach to the problem before you have to 
deal with the actual circumstances. This brings us 
to the church, which is generally a half mile down 



by Charles W. Turner 



the street in most parades. For the sake of thought, 
let us paint a picture of what you might encounter 
one of these days. 

The visitation team from your local church is off 
on their monthly or semi-annual trip through the 
community. You want to minister, reach new 
members and carry out the great commission. 
Your visit takes you to the home of an unchurched 
family. The couple realizes their need for a church 
home, they have children and the need for spiritual 
influence is felt. They have been a little hesitant 
to go to services because their six-year-old is ill. 
During a blood transfusion the child contracted 
the AIDS virus. They do not feel comfortable in 
knowing what to do. They are grateful someone 
has come to them to offer help. Yes, they will be 
in church next week and the child will be in the 
nursery. They are thankful for your concern. 

The visitation team returns to the church and 
to the pastor with the glad news that a new family 
will be in church on Sunday. The family is in great 
need of a loving church environment and this will 
be an opportunity for the church to show compas- 
sion. Since there are fourteen other church 
families who have children in the same depart- 
ment with the AIDS newcomer, more of the church 
family will be involved in helping. But one family 
just may be afraid that the newcomer will give 
AIDS to their child. Before Sunday comes, you just 
may have one of the largest church discussions 
since they painted the rest rooms that odd shade 
of blue. 

One more possible situation - without advance 
warning a child is handed to the young nursery 
attendant and informed the child has AIDS. Will 
the child be handed back with a loud scream and 
an announcement to all in attendance, "That kid 
has AIDS!"? 

Corporate America is meeting to set up a plan 
of policy. Has your church taken a little time to 
discuss the subject in the Board Meeting? I am not 
recommending what your policy should be, but I 
am recommending that you should be thinking 
your way through this one, because it will knock 
on your door one of these days. The district 
ministerial association should spend some time on 
this subject as a topic of discussion. 

We plan some follow-up articles on this subject. 
The purpose of this article is to stimulate your 
thinking and to discuss your ministry role for help- 
ing. Is it a theory or is it practice? 18 



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HERALD/ February 15, 19 



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Take Up and Read 



by Charles W. Colson 



This excerpt is taken from the book Loving God by Zondervan Publishing House. 



± he Mediterranean sky curved hot and clear 
over the terrace of the home of Aurelius 
Augustinus outside Milan, Italy. Beyond the 
garden wall, acres of fruit trees carpeted the valley, 
rising to meet the soft green vineyard-covered 
hillsides. Within the wall, Augustine and his best 
friend, his student Alypius, sat with the visitor 
Ponticianus. Though his chest ached, his busy 
schedule pulled at him, and his mind was 
thoroughly unsettled. Augustine was taking time 
to speak with this important government official. 

Brilliant, learned, and handsome, Augustine 
held one of the most enviable professorships in the 
city. When he spoke, the words of this professor 
of rhetoric crashed like thunder. When he argued, 
he was over whelmingly persuasive. Few felt 
themselves his equal. 

As the three men exchanged polite conversation, 
Augustine's mother appeared frequently, osten- 
sibly offering refreshments and other hospitable 
overtures; in reality she was hovering, keeping a 
close eye on her son. 

Monica was a protective mother, strong-minded, 
practical, utterly determined that her beloved son 
become a Christian. She prayed for him daily and 
had since he was a small boy But while Augustine 
loved his mother, he paid no attention to her. 

Monica had hardly let her son out of her sight 
since she was widowed in North Africa while 
Augustine was a teenager. He had had to trick her 
to come to Italy alone, lying about his departure 
so he and his mistress and their illegitimate child 
could sail off without her. But before long Monica 
had followed him to Milan. She had even 
succeeded in getting him engaged to a good Chris- 
tian girl and in sending away his mistress of fif- 
teen years. But his fiance was very young and his 
marriage two years off; so Augustine was again 
sleeping with a woman. Sex was necessary to him, 
he said, for he had no power to resist his natural 
desires. 

Monica could not understand her son's strange 
ideas about right and wrong. He indulged in such 
licentiousness without, apparently, a pang of con- 
science, but lamented the time when he had stolen 
fruit from a neighbor's pear tree with a gang ( 
rowdies. Augustine dwelt on this mere ch 



prank as though it were the great evil of his life 
while practicing habits much more sinful in his 
mother's eyes. 

Yet she had never stopped hoping for his conver- 
sion, and lately her hope had been stronger than 
ever. Augustine had recently broken with his 
religion, a strange cult following the teachings of 
a Persian named Mani who claimed that powers 
of darkness controlled every physical being. 
Augustine had quit astrology, too, and had been 
going to church. Perhaps the bishop was right. 
Monica thought. 

"Let him be," the bishop had 

advised. "Only pray to the Lord 

on his behalf." 

She had visited an African bishop many years 
earlier, pleading with him to talk with her son. But 
the churchman refused, telling her that Augustine 
was not ready to talk. 

"Let him be," the bishop had advised. "Only pray 
to the Lord on his behalf." The bishop knew 
Manicheanism well; he believed someone as bright 
as Augustine would see its nonsense eventually. 
Monica was not put off so easily, however. She 
had wept uncontrollably, begging the bishop to 
speak to her son. Finally, losing patience he told 
her to leave. But she had taken his parting words, 
"It is impossible for the son of such tears to 
perish," as a promise from heaven and had often 
reminded Augustine of them, triumphantly. 

But Augustine could not become a Christian just 
to please his mother. 

In the garden, Augustine's visitor, 
idly looking about him as he con- 
templated his departure, picked up a 
book lying on a small table nearby. A 
puzzled smile crossed his face. 

"The apostle Paul," he said. "Are 
you reading this, Augustine?" 
His host nodded. "Not only am I 



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reading it. I have been wearing it out. And wear 
ing myself out trying to grasp the meaning of the 
5tian faith." 



JRALD/ February 15, 1988 



15 



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He looked around, making sure his mother was 
not lurking within earshot. 

"Did you know I am a Christian?" Ponticianus 
smiled hesitantly. 

Augustine and Alypius nodded. They had heard 
this rumor. 

"But I thought this would be one of your 
philosophical books," Ponticianus said. "I never 
dreamed I would find you reading the Bible." 

"The philosophers have helped me understand 
the Bible," Augustine admitted. He explained that 
until recently he had believed that only what he 
could see, measure, rationally and systematically 
prove could be real. The idea of an invisible, 
spiritual God seemed just talk. But studying Plato 
and his followers had convinced him that the real 
things were invisible, spiritual. 

"This has helped me a great deal." Augustine 
was candid to a fault. Yet he watched Ponticianus 
carefully, his posture tense. "But there is a major 
difference. To follow Plato, one merely thinks like 
Plato. To follow Christ is something much more. 
You must put your whole life into it and leave 
behind whatever hinders you from following Him. 
I don't know what it is exactly that enables a man 
to give himself to God -- to commit himself to a life 
of sacrifice and faith. That's more than adopting 
a particular point of view, isn't it?" 

Ponticianus nodded, as did Alypius. Alypius, 
younger than Augustine, practically worshiped the 
scholar. 

Wrapped in his own thoughts, Augustine went 
on speaking, almost as though working out a prob- 
lem for himself. "Plato takes you up on a high 
mountain peak where you can see the land of 



peace. But you do not know how to get there. There 
must be a highway leading straight to that land, 
but you can't find it." He shook his head wearily. 
Augustine had few illusions about himself. He 
knew how easily his mind fell into habits and was 
chained by them. His women. His pride. I am ut- 
terly depraved, he thought, and the mind alone 
is no match for the seduction of evil pleasure. 

As Augustine spoke, Ponticianus had grown ex- 
cited. Now he jumped up, paced briskly in front 
of his host for a moment, then whirled to point a 
finger at him. 

"Have you heard of Antony?" 
"Well," Augustine drew back a bit, startled at his 
visitor's abruptness. "I do know several Antonys, 
but none worth mentioning in the context of this 
discussion." 

"No - No - Antony the monastic - the one 
Athanasius wrote the biography of. Many Chris- 
tians have been greatly influenced by it." To Pon- 
ticianus's astonishment, neither of his listeners 
had heard of this Antony. 

"I must tell you then . . . Antony was a rich 
young fellow, born into a Christian family in Egypt. 
His parents died when he was just entering his 
teens; their large estate fell to him. He grew up fast, 
carrying that responsibility. He had all the money 
in the world and all the cares, too. 

"In church one Sunday the Scripture reading 
came from Christ's reply to the rich young ruler: 
'If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions 
and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in 
heaven. Then come, follow me.' 

"Something in that familiar passage hit Antony. 
It was as though Jesus had given those words 




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directly to him, personally, that very moment. An- 
tony didn't even wait for the service to end. He 
rushed out of the church and set about preparing 
his records so that his property could be sold and 
the profit distributed to the poor. 

"From that day, Antony devoted his life to prayer. 
He went to live in a hut on the edge of town, farm- 
ing to keep himself alive. Fifteen years later he 
moved into the desert. He wanted to show that the 
power of God would supply living water in an arid 
land, that from little or nothing He could bring 
forth the fruits of the Spirit." 

Ponticianus then dramatically described the 
miracles of Antony's life, telling how though he 
sought complete obscurity, he became famous, 
even living in the desert. People traveled great 
distances to meet with him. And as a result of his 
example, small groups of men and women began 
to form communes devoted to prayer. 

"To me, Antony is a sign that God will meet us 
wherever we are," Ponticianus concluded, looking 
directly into Augustine's eyes, "even in the 
wasteland of our lives." 

Augustine now rose to stand beside his guest, 
placing his hand briefly on his forearm. He was 
clearly moved. "I can hardly believe I've never 
heard of him," he said. "Nor any of his followers. 
Are there any in Italy?" 

"In Italy?" Ponticianus was astonished. "Why, 
right here in Milan there is a small community of 
such men. They live outside the city walls. Am- 
brose has charge of them." 

"Ambrose!" He was the pastor whose preaching 
Augustine had been hearing, originally out of 
curiosity about the man's style, for Augustine had 



a professional interest in any good speaker. But 
Ambrose's substance had made a deeper impact 
than his style. Because of him, Augustine mused 
/ have grown interested in the Scriptures again. 

Augustine had first tried reading the Scriptures 
while a teenager, but was not impressed. At the time 
he had been in love with beautiful language, and the 
language of Scripture had seemed dull and plain, 
far inferior to the great Roman writers. But years had 
passed since then. Great rhetorical flourishes 
seemed less important than they once did. Under 
Ambrose's influence, the simplicity of Scripture has 
begun to sound like the simplicity of profundity. 

Already Augustine was ready to concede that 
what the sacred writings said was true. But he 
could not do anything halfway. He knew the truth 
of Scripture demanded a commitment to Christ; 
and commitment to Christ meant total change. He 
would have to give up misusing sex. More, he 
would have to give up all his dreams of success and 
glory. He would have to please God and not the 
world around him. Part of me wants to, he said 
to himself; part is unable to. 

Ponticianus interrupted Augustine's thoughts. 
"When I think of Antony, of his immediate obe- 
dience to the Word of God that morning, of what 
he left without looking back, I am moved to tears." 
He reached out to grasp his host strongly by both 
shoulders. "When God calls someone, Augustine, 
nothing on earth can stop him." 

Outwardly Augustine carried on politely, thank- 
ing Ponticianus for coming, saying his farewells. 
Inwardly his disturbed thoughts traveled 
elsewhere. After his guest left, he paced across the 
terrace, lashing himself mentally. 




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As Ponticianus spoke, you turned me back 
upon myself. O Lord. You took me from behind 
my own back, where I had placed myself because 
I did not wish to look upon myself. You stood me 
face to face with myself so that I might see how 
foul I am, how deformed and defiled, how covered 
with stains and sores. I looked and was filled 
with horror, but there was no place for me to flee 
to get away from myself. 

He thought back bitterly to the day twelve years 
before when, after reading Cicero, he had decided 
to dedicate his life to search for wisdom -- to prefer 
to know the truth over any other pleasure in life. 
But he only talked about it; he never did it. He 
drifted along in life, living for success and anything 
that made him happy for a few hours. 

You know, O Lord, how during my university 
days at Carthage I found myself in the midst of 
a hissing cauldron of lust. I was in love with the 
idea of love. Although my real need was for you, 
I placed my hopes in what was merely human 
and often enough in the bestial as well. 

Still, I thought of myself as a fine fellow. You 
know, O Lord, how I grew proud in the imagina- 
tion of my heart. . . 



course but now he seemed to be in true anguish. 
His face was flushed, his eyes darting frantically. 

"What is the trouble with us?" Augustine asked 
aloud in a strangled voice. "What is this? What did 
you hear? The uneducated rise and take heaven by 
storm and we, with all our erudition but empty of 
heart, see how we wallow in flesh and blood. Are we 
ashamed to follow them? Isn't it shameful for us not 
to follow them?" He could not continue, but turned 
and ran into the garden beyond the wall. 

Really alarmed now, Alypius followed his men- 
tor closely, afraid of what Augustine might do to 
himself. He also had to know how this struggle 
would end, for whatever Augustine became, he 
wanted to become also. 

Getting as far from the house as he could in the 
little garden, Augustine slumped onto a bench, his 
body showing the struggle within. Scarcely con- 
scious of what he was doing, he tore at his hair, 
slapped his forehead, locked his fingers together 
and clasped his knees. 

J know I have a will, as surely as I know there 
is life in me. When I choose to do something or 
not to do it I am certain that it is my own self 
making this act of will. But I see now that evil 



"Take up and read. Take up and read." 



When I thought of my Christian upbringing 
and determined to read the Scriptures, inflamed 
with self-esteem I judged the but a hash of out- 
moded Jewish superstition and historical 
inaccuracies. 

Augustine had been frustrated with himself 
before, but never to this point. 

I remember how one day you made me realize 
how utterly wretched I was. I was preparing a 
speech in praise of the emperor, intending that 
it should include a great many lies, which would 
certainly be applauded by an audience that 
knew well enough how far from the truth they 
were. I was greatly preoccupied by this task. As 
I walked along one of the streets in Milan, I 
noticed a beggar who must, I suppose, somehow 
have had his fill of food and drink since he was 
laughing and joking. Sadly I turned to my com- 
panions and spoke to them of all the pain and 
trouble which is caused by our own folly. My am- 
bitions had placed a load of misery on my 
shoulders, and the further I carried it the heavier 
it became, but the only purpose of all the efforts 
we made was to reach the goal of purposeful hap- 
piness. This beggar had already reached it ahead 
of us. 
Perhaps I shall never reach it. 
Alypius looked in astonishment at his friend. He 
had heard Augustine talk about his misery, of 



comes from the perversion of the will when it 
turns aside from you, O God. I can say with your 
apostle, the good I would I do not. 

You have raised me up so that I can now see 
you must be there to be perceived, but I confess 
that my eyes are still too weak. The thought of 
you fills me with love, yes, but also with dread. 
I realize that I am far from you. 

Augustine continued to think of his life - his 
hopes for a good position, a comfortable home, for 
admiration and fame as a thinker and writer. He 
thought of the women in his life and something 
whispered, "From the moment you decide, this 
thing and that will never be allowed to you, forever 
and ever." His habits spoke up insistently, "Do you 
think you can live without us?" 

So he sat in the garden, his friend nearby, utter- 
ly silent in the stillness of the summer heat. Only 
inside did the storm rage. Misery heaped up, until 
finally it seemed his chest would burst. He threw 
himself under a fig tree, sobbing, unable to stop. 
O Lord, how long? Will I never cease setting my 
heart on shadows and following a lie? How long, 
O Lord? Will you be angry forever? How long? 
Tomorrow and tomorrow? Why not now? Why 
not in this very hour an end to to my 
uncleanness? 
Then ... a voice. 
He heard a voice . . . 



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A childish, piping voice so high-pitched he could 
not tell whether it was male or female. 

The voice seemed to come from a nearby house. 

It chanted tunelessly, over and over . . . "Take 
up and read. Take up and read. Take up and read." 

What did the words mean? Were they part of 
some children's game? 

"Take up and read. Take up and read." 

Were the words for him? 

"Alypius, do you hear that?" he called. His friend 
stared back in silence. 

"Read what?" Augustine shouted back into the 
sky. 

The letters of the apostle Paul were nearby. They 
had, in fact, started the conversation about Antony. 
Like Antony, was he hearing God's words to him? 
Was he to take up the Scriptures and read? 

Augustine ran and snatched up the book Ponti- 
cianus had noticed and began reading the page to 
which the book was open -- Romans 13. The words 
burned into his mind: "Not in orgies and drunken- 
ness, not in sexual immorality and debauchery, 
not in dissension and jealousy. Rather clothe 
yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not 
think about how to gratify the desires of the sin- 
ful nature." 

Rather clothe yourselves 
with the Lord Jesus Christ. 

Instantly, as if before a peaceful light streaming 
into his heart, dark shadows of doubt fled. The 
man of unconquerable will was conquered by 
words from a book he had once dismissed as a 
mere fable lacking in clarity and grace of expres- 
sion. Those words suddenly revealed that which 
he had so long vainly sought. Now he knew with 
assurance he had confronted truth. Those very 
words, "clothe yourself with the Lord Jesus 
Christ," had settled it; whatever it cost, he would 
give his life to Christ. 

Putting his finger in the book to mark the spot, 
Augustine told Alypius what had happened inside 
him. Thrilled at his friend's joy, Alypius said he 
would join him. He, too, would follow Christ. The 
two then called Augustine's mother. 

Monica's joy was even greater: "Praise God," she 
said, "who is able to do above that which we ask 
or think." Shortly thereafter, she and Augustine 
enjoyed together a great mystical vision. Nine days 
later, Monica, her lifelong prayers answered, 
passed peacefully from this world. 

"Take up and read." For the next forty-four years 
Augustine did just that. He read the Scriptures to 
work out his own salvation and then read and in- 
terpreted them to settle complex theological 
disputes within the early church. His classic 
defense of the authority of Scripture laid the 



foundation for Christians of every age thereafter 
No serious Bible student has been able to ignore 
Augustine's monumental contribution to the 
church's understanding of the Old and New 
Testaments. His life and thought drew on the "the 
revered pen of God's Spirit." 

Prior to his conversion Augustine thought the 
Scriptures a collection of texts that must be inter- 
preted and revised in comparison to the "advanced 
wisdom" of the philosophers. But in the garden he 
saw that the Scriptures were not just words to be 
interpreted; they were words that interpreted their 
reader. Through Scripture. God spoke personally 
and inerrantly to him. And as God's voice, Scrip- 
ture knew infinitely more about Augustine than 
Augustine knew about Scripture. 

Immediately after his conversion, Augustine 
began to write freely, quickly completing several 
books. His autobiographical Confessions, replete 
with quotes and paraphrases from Scripture, has 
provided intellectual challenge and spiritual il- 
lumination to Christians for centuries. 

Augustine went on to become the Bishop of Hip- 
po, one of the most influential men in his world, 
while the seemingly eternal Roman Empire fell 
apart. In response he wrote his masterpiece. The 
City of God, which gave Christians new hope and 
direction in the midst of turmoil and despair. Some 
say he almost singlehandedly rescued the gospel 
from the ruins of the Empire. 

All this began when God, through a child's voice, 
said to him, "Take up and read." Obedient, 
Augustine found words that exposed his dilemma 
with a brilliant light and told him plainly what he 
had to do. 




Charles W. Colson received his bachelors degree 
from Brown University and his law degree from 
George Washington University. From 1969 to 1973 
he served as special counsel to President Richard 
M. Nixon. He pleaded guilty to charges related to 
Watergate in 1974 and served seven months in 
prison. He is now chairman of Prison Fellowship, 
a Washington. D.C. ■ based organization that he 
founded in 1976. Colson is the author of three 
best-sellers. Born Again . Life Sentence , and Loving God , and is 
also a frequent contributor to magazines and journals. All his 
speaking fees and book royalties are donated to further the work 
of Prison Fellowship Ministries. 



Reprinted with permission by Zondervan 
Publishing House and Charles W. Colson. 
Copyright © 1983 bv Charles W. Colson. B 



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HOME MISSIONS 



Blessings in Disguise 

by Brad Lambright 



Paul knew the sacrifices of church planting bet- 
ter than any man. Giving up position, power, and 
wealth, he answered God's call. "But whatever 
things were gain to me, those things I have 
counted as loss for the sake of Christ,- he wrote 
in Philippians 3:7 (NASB). 




Much can be learned from this apostle's life and 
writings about making sacrifices for Christ. I am 
convinced we need to grasp the priorities and level 
of commitment to our Lord that Paul had. Then, we 
will see that sacrifices are blessings in disguise. 

The story of Brad and Dawn Lambright as a 
church planting family is certainly not as dramatic 
as Paul's. We are serving a growing Home Missions 
congregation in the beautiful mountains of central 
Pennsylvania. And while there are real sacrifices 
that must be made to begin a new church, we have 
learned that a sacrifice for Christ results in a bless- 
ing from Him! 

God's leading hand grabbed us by the heart. As 
a family, we had to choose whether to pursue a 
ministry in a self-supporting Grace Brethren 
Church or to answer the Home Missions challenge. 
The self-supporting church was located near many 
relatives, had a sweet and hospitable church fami- 
ly, and a substantial salary to offer. It was a perfect 
situation for a pastor and his family to move into 
and prosper. But God had other plans. 

Nestled in a cozy Pennsylvania valley, there was 
a small group of committed believers awaiting a 
shepherd. They had courageously held together 
through trial after trial in their effort to establish 
the Sherman's Valley Grace Brethren Church. It 
was their eleventh hour when the Lord directed us 
to them. 

As we shared with them during a candidating 
weekend, we saw the excitement and hope in their 
eyes. It was evident they believed God had 
answered their desperate prayers for a pastor. It 
was a moving experience for both Dawn and 
myself. Following a Sunday afternoon fellowship 
meal, the whole group extended the call. "Please 
come and minister to us." 

Later that week, as we traveled to visit relatives 
in northern Michigan, the Holy Spirit led us to His 
ministry choice. The established church truly had 
everything we could have desired as a family. The 
Home Mission point required sacrifice in many 
areas. Yet as our car sped through the north woods, 
the Spirit moved in both of us. "How could we say 
no!" we exclaimed. "Lord, we know your answer 
clearly is to go to Pennsylvania." 

It would be a sacrifice. It meant that Dawn would 
be 20 hours from her family and life-long friends. 
Moving would take two-and-a-half days in a rented 
truck. Only a partial salary was available, yet the 
families pledged food from their gardens to help 
make up the difference. 



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There would be inconveniences, but they were 
small and have been overcome. We have grown 
accustomed to driving 30 to 35 minutes for 
necessities such as the doctor, shopping, and 
church supplies. The nearest Grace Brethren 
Church is an hour away for fellowship. 

The sacrifice is for Him and it has been returned 
to us many times over in blessing after blessing. 
He has used many individuals from all over the 
country to meet our needs. He has taken care of 
some of those difficult areas and given us strength 
to make the others work. We know He allows these 
things for a purpose. 

A well-known Grace Brethren pastor sat at our 
dining room table. As he shared with us that eve- 
ning, he gave direction, wisdom, encouragement, 
and compassion for the ministry. 

The Word was opened and he read from Philip- 
pians, chapter four. After verse 11, "lam not say- 
ing this because I am in need, for I have learned 
to be content in whatever the circumstances," he 
paused. He shared with us the Greek meaning of 
"to be content," which was to "make do" or "to 
make to work." As he read, the truth of the passage 
sounded deep and clear: that must be our attitude. 
We can "make it work" in all situations as Christ 
leads and strengthens us. 

That day, the passage seemed to be written just 
to us. Sacrifice carries no pain when it is done in 
the name of the Lord. His loving presence in our 
lives supplies all the supernatural contentment we 
need. 

The planting of the Sherman's Valley Grace 
Brethren Church has, of course, required sacrifice 
on many fronts. Four families weathered many 
trials over a period of four years in an effort to begin 
the church. They definitely understand sacrifice. 
They stuck together with young children, teens, 
and young couples who needed fellowship with 
other believers. These are basic spiritual and social 
needs that many of us normally don't think twice 
about, but were deeply missed by this church 
family. They remained together no matter what 
the circumstances, totally committed to 
establishing a Grace Brethren Church. 

Church planters in America are not generally 

martyrs, persecuted, beaten, or jailed as they 

struggle to establish a new work. However, Paul 

I knew such extremes as he preached the Gospel. 

He wrote in Philippians 3:10, "that I may know 

Him and the power of His resurrection and the 

^fellowship of his sufferings, being conformed to 

■ His death." (NASB) The apostle's life proclaims the 

I divine truth that a sacrifice for Christ is no 

I sacrifice at all. It is by faith giving up what is not 

I ours to receive the abundant blessings of God in 

I return. 

I believe individuals involved in planting 
| i churches have an excellent opportunity to at leas 
I partially realize this verse. Our sacrifice may nevei 

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reach the level of Paul's, but the sacrifices of a 
Home Missions church can be a special avenue for 
Christ to grip lives. Being on the front line fosters 
and requires genuine Christianity in order for the 
work to succeed. 

The church planting Christian will see clearly 
the power, love, faithfulness, mercy, wisdom, and 
grace of our Lord. Seeing the reality of the living 




Brad and Dawn Lambright and family 

Christ as He nourishes His church from infancy 
to adulthood is a powerful experience. The reality 
of the Lord's active presence calls the believer to 
know Christ better, to desire to develop an ever 
deeper and richer relationship with Him. 

Part of that intimate relationship is the ability 
to have a close relationship with the people in a 
church. We, as both ministers and the people, have 
an opportunity to be in close contact and fellow- 
ship with one another. Sometimes we let these op- 
portunities slip away maybe never to have the 
chance again because our congregation is 
growing. 

The power of His resurrection is another bless- 
ing realized from the sacrifices of a Home Missions 
church. Where there was nothing, now there is a 
church. Many individuals are molded divinely in- 
to a church family. Some come to know Him and 
saints grow in His knowledge. Here is the power 
of God at work! 

Christ's sacrifice was ultimate in our redemption 
and in the suffering He bore. We might ask the 
Lord to give us the same level of willingness as Paul 
had, because there will be opportunities if we ask. 
The church planting believer will have many op- 
portunities by faith to give up material posses- 
sions, time, and comfort in order to receive a bless- 
ing from the Lord. God will lead those who are 
readv to follow to new levels of commitment. Even 
a taste of His sufferings can become a rich grow- 
ing experien 



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Becoming like Christ in His death was Paul's 
heart desire. Romans 6:10 states "the death He 
(Christ) died, He died to sin once for all; but the 
life that He lives, he lives to God- (NASB). Paul 
understood the reality of becoming more like His 
Savior, dying to sin, and sacrificially offering his 

life to God. 

Helping pioneer a new work requires the spirit 
of this commitment to Christ-likeness. The 
genuine love of Christ, shared by a small group of 
believers to the members of their community will 
be their most effective tool for winning souls. If 
unbelievers see a real Christ-likeness in the 



believer, they'll want Him to live in each of their 
lives, as well. 

The sacrifices of church planting are truly bless- 
ings in disguise - for the pastor and his family, the 
congregation, the district in which they serve, and 
the community in which it exists. Real spiritual 
adventure, full of joy and excitement, is there but 
it demands much of the individual. There will be 
some tough times that will test a group's love, faith, 
and unity. Then the Savior will show more of 
himself, His power, His sufferings, and the life He 
calls them to live. God has only begun to unmask 
this biggest blessing of all! (James 1:2-4). 



One Lost Jacket = 

Two Found Souls 




A forgotten jacket is 
sometimes a nuisance. The 
owner has to retrieve it, 
sometimes with great embar- 
rassment at being so careless 
and the people where the jacket 
is left must decide what to do 
with it - leave it in a closet or 
draped over a chair until the 
owner claims it or deliver it to the 
owner. 

At North Pole, Alaska, a forgot- 
ten jacket was not only retrieved, 
it helped find two lost souls. 




Allen and Tina Gough 
North Pole, Alaska 



Pastor Bob Gentzel had 
accidently left his jacket at the 
home of friends. When the 
friends discovered their friends, 
Allan and Tina Gough, lived near 



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the Gentzels, they sent the 
jacket home with them. 

"When I went to their home 
to get the jacket, I invited 
them to our house for dinner," 
recalls Pastor Bob A friend- 
ship developed and ultimate- 
ly Allan and Tina both ac- 
cepted Christ as their personal 
Savior. 

Allan, a 27-year-old jet 
mechanic with the United 
States Air Force, continues to 
meet with Pastor Bob for a bi- 
weekly Bible study. His wife 
attends a women's Bible study 
and helps teach a children's 
class. 

A forgotten jacket doesn't 
have to be a nuisance. 



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West Virginia City is New 
Home Mission Point 

Morgantown, West Virginia, the fifth largest city 
in the Mountain State, is the site of the newest 
Grace Brethren Home Mission church. 

The Grace Brethren Church of Morgantown held 
their first worship service on November 29, 1987 
and was adopted for financial support by Grace 
Brethren Home Missions beginning January 1. 
The Allegheny District of Grace Brethren 
Churches and the Grace Brethren Church at 
Grafton, West Virginia are also assisting the 
young congregation. 

Within the first two months, the church saw two 
people accept Christ as their Lord and Savior. The 
first decision was recorded following the November 
29 worship service. 

Dick McCarthy is pastor of the new church. He 
joins Home Missions with the church planting ex- 
perience at New Holland, Pennsylvania in the 
mid-1960s. He has also pastored Grace Brethren 
churches at Allentown, Altoona, and Mundy's Cor- 
ner, Pennsylvania and at Grafton, West Virginia. 

He and his wife, Lee, have four grown children. 



TEAM Meetings Held 



Training and encouragement is the focus of 
three regional meetings for Home Mission pastors 
this spring. Hosted by each field director for the 
men in his area, the three day sessions will include 
practical strategy for building a church, inspira- 
tional speakers, and time for fellowship. 

The first meeting was held January 19, 20, and 
21 for the pastors of the 20 Home Mission 
churches in the east at Schroon Lake, New York. 



Rick Nuzum, of Columbus, Ohio, and Colonel 
John Mansur, of Melbourne, Florida, were the 
special speakers. Ed Jackson, Eastern Director, 
hosted the sessions. . . 

Western Home Mission pastors will gather with 
Dave Marksbury in March in Los Angeles. Califor- 
nia. Southern Director. Bill Byers. will lead 
meetings for the men of the south in April at 
Atlanta, Georgia. 



Rick Warren 
lb Be Workshop Speaker 



Rick Warren and his family moved to Los 
Angeles, California, in 1980 planning to build a 
church. They had no money, no building, and no 
members. 

"God said go," he explains. 

In January, 1987, the Saddleback Valley Com- 
munity Church in Mission Viejo, California, 
celebrated its seventh anniversary. Average Sun- 
day attendance is 1,400. The congregation meets 
in a high school auditorium but hopes to have a 



permanent building within two or three years. 

Warren will share his church planting ex- 
perience with Grace Brethren pastors during the 
annual Home Missions Pastor's Conference on 
July 29 and 30 at Palm Desert. California. The 
conference will be at MarioUs Palm Desert Resort 
and is just prior to the annual conference of the 
Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches. 

Additional information will be mailed to all 
senior pastors within the next several months. 



RALD/ February 15, 1988 



25 



GRACE SCHOOLS 



Grace Theological Seminary 
Names West Campus Dean 



Grace Theological Seminary 
has announced the appointment 
of Dr. Richard Fairman as dean of 
the seminary's West Campus in 
Long Beach, CA, effective June 1. 
Dr. Fairman, who is now chair- 
man of the Division of Bible and 
Theology at Winnipeg Bible 
College in Canada, also will teach 
theology at Grace. 

Grace established its West Cam- 
pus in Long Beach in June last 
year at the urging of Grace 
Brethren and other evangelical 
Christian leaders in Southern 
California. 

The new seminary campus is a 
response to the continuing growth 
in the evangelical Christian com- 
munity there. That growth has 
created a need for more institu- 
tions providing accredited 
theological and pastoral training. 
In addition, the West Campus 
offers opportunities for continuing 
education to pastors and others 
presently involved in Christian 
ministry in the region. 

Dr. Fairman is 39 years old and 
a native of Baltimore, MD. He 
earned his undergraduate degree 
in 1970 from Wheaton College 
with a major in social sciences 
and sociology. In 1974, he gradu- 
ated from Dallas Theological Sem- 
inary with a Master of Theology 
degree, after which he served two 
years as a pastor in Marietta, GA. 
From 1976 to 1980, Dr. Fair- 
man taught Bible, Bible doctrine, 
and Greek at Southeastern Bible 
College in Birmingham, AL. He 
left Southeastern in 1980 to enroll 
in the doctoral program at Grace 
Theological Seminary, where he 
was awarded a Doctor of Theology 
degree in 1983. Since that time. 
Dr. Fairman has held his position 
at Winnipeg Bible College. He is a 
gifted and experienced teacher, 
administrator, and speaker. 

Grace Theological Seminary 
opened 50 years ago to educate 



people for leadership positions in 
ministries of Grace Brethren and 
other evangelical churches. In that 
half century. Grace has estab- 
lished a worldwide reputation 
among conservative Christian 
churches and mission boards for 
excellence in preparing men and 
women for U.S. and overseas 
ministries. 

The seminary, which is 
affiliated with the Fellowship of 
Grace Brethren Churches, also 
conducts courses at its European 
extension campus near Macon, 
France, in addition to its U.S. cam- 
puses in Winona Lake, IN, and 
Long Beach. 

Grace offers three programs of 
graduate seminary study at its 
West Campus. They are the three- 
year Master of Divinity and 
diploma in theology programs 
and the one-year Certificate in 
Biblical Studies. The West Cam- 
pus is located at 3625 Atlantic 
Avenue in Long Beach. 

Dr. Fairman emphasized he 
does not expect the newly 
established West Campus to be 
regional in its emphasis. 

"We expect our Long Beach pro- 
gram to draw students from all 
over the country because of its 
location," he said. "This is a vast 
metropolitan area of mixed cul- 
tures. It gives seminary students 
valuable exposure to many differ- 
ent ministries and the chance to 
learn through diverse internships 
and field education assignments. 
"Practical ministry experiences 
constitute a vital part of the 
student's seminary education. 
The opportunties for this practical 
training are enhanced by the 
strength of the Grace Brethren 
churches on the West Coast, as 
well as the strength of the overall 
evangelical community in the 
region." 

Dr. Fairman said he expects to 
develop an active program of 




Dr. Richard Fairman 

pastoral and ministerial intern- 
ships with cooperating churches 
and ministries in order to give 
students experience in a variety 
of cultural settings. Students not 
only from the West Campus, but 
also upper-level Master of Divini- 
ty students from the main Grace 
campus in Indiana eventually 
will participate in these 
Southern California ministry op- 
portunities, Dr. Fairman believes. 

"We look for maturity and a 
servanthood attitude in our 
graduates," he said. "Christian 
leaders must not only be 
educated in sound theology and 
experienced in ministry, but they 
also must be people who have 
learned not to be governed by cir- 
cumstances and experiences. 
They must be able to respond to 
ministry challenges in ways they 
know to be based on biblical 
priorities and principles." 

Dr. Fairman is married to the 
former Judy Ashman of Winona 
Lake, Indiana. The Fairmans 
have a two-year-old son, 
Jonathan. 



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HERALD/ February 15, 19) 



WOMEN MANIFESTING CHRIST 




Lost! 



I take my two preschool girls 
shopping with me and on occa- 
sion they stray. Their different 
temperaments translate into dif- 
ferent actions and reactions. The 
older daughter is very outgoing, 
but keeps a close eye on me at 
the mall. Once as we walked a 
large square pillar came between 
us. I stopped to look at 
something and heard a loud 
scream - "Mommy!" Though we 
were only 2 feet apart her voice 
and her face, as I reached around 
to draw her near to me, were 
filled with terror. 

Lost. The very word evokes 
unhappy, lonely thoughts and 
nightmarish fears. Yet in relation 
to God we are lost. We are not 
happy - can never be really hap- 
py until we are found - until a 
right relationship with God is 
established. We know that. We 
read it in the Bible and acknow- 
ledge it is true. We see the 
evidences of it in the lives of the 
people around us, and God in his 
mercy draws people to Himself. 
Some people recognize their con- 
dition and scream out "Lord". 



by Susan Griffith 
Missionary to France 

Claire-Lise was like that - a 
doctor and mother of 3 in our 
city of Le Creusot, France. Out- 
wardly, there were no big prob- 
lems, no crises, but inwardly she 
was not at peace. We began to 
study the Bible together and 
read Romans and there it was, in 
black and white - everyone is 
"without excuse", with the Bible 
calling us "children of disobe- 
dience". When I explained how 
God was calling her "lost" she 
became very angry. Then when 
I told her she could pray to 
accept Christ and establish a 
relationship with God, she 
became more angry. But in her 
anger she tried to pray and God 
heard. She was lost and cried out 
and God reached down and drew 
her to Himself. 

My second daughter is happy- 
go-lucky and attracted by many 
things. Often in the mall I watch 
her head off in her own direction 
full speed ahead, whistling as 
she skips away totally lost - lost 
and completely unaware of it. 

Francoise was like that. The 
mother of grown children, she 



was surprised when her oldest 
accepted the Lord, or as she put 
it, "became part of that group". 
We talked and many prayed for 
her. I went to see her and asked 
her if she'd be willing to study 
the Bible with me. She refused. 
Her husband had a job transfer 
and they moved away from Le 
Creusot. She's gone and I have no 
reason to believe she's not lost. 
LOST - a terrible word - a 
desperate condition - an awful 
thought when linked with 
eternity. 




Susan Griffith and family 

Pray for our missionaries 
daily. A printed booklet is 
available to guide you through 
the year. These are available 
from our literature secretary. 
Lillian Teeter. 2706 Sharon 
Street. Winona Lake. IN 46590. 
Linda Unruh. Editor 



Michigan District Update 

Our Michigan District WMC consists of 6 churches. 
The newest group is Escanaba. The Lake Odessa, 
Altos and Hastings circles meet together for the Day 
of Prayer on the 15th at a nearby restaurant several 
times a year. The 6 churches take turns having spring 
and fall rallies. Roselynne Peters edits a news booklet 
"Michiganooz" and keeps the ladies informed about 
the events in their district. Mrs. Shirley Stevens is the 
Michigan District President. 



JRALD/ February 15, 1988 



Mount Climbing 

1987-88 

Giving 

Second Quarter 
National Project 
(Grace Schools) 

Career planning and place- 
ment center, filing system 
(goal - $7,500) 

National SMM Offering 

(Goal - $7,000) 




Memory Passage 

two 5:3-12 




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At The Heart of Church Growth! 




Since its inception in 1955, the Grace Brethren 
Investment Foundation has been at the heart of 
church growth. In the past 33 years, it has loaned 
more than $26 million to 193 
churches in the Fellowship of 
Grace Brethren Churches - funds 
used to purchase land, build 
buildings, and make capital 
purchases. 

Deposits placed in the Foun- 
dation earn 6.5 percent interest 
(6.72 percent with continuous 
compounding) and you have 
the assurance they are at 
the heart of church growth! 




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Grace 
Brethren 
investment 
Foundation 

Box 587 

Winona Lake, IN 46590 

(219) 267-5161 (Call Collect) 



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FELLOWSHIP NEWS 



FELLOWSHIP NEWS 



Grace Schools 

Living Memorials 

December, 1987 

Given by: In Memory Of: 

Mr. Murray Kauffman 

Thomas Kauffman 
Mr. & Mrs. Frank Kauffman 

Thomas Kauffman 
Rev. & Mrs. Donald E. Ogden 

Thomas Kauffman 
Mr. & Mrs. Bill Smith 

Thomas Kauffman 
Mr. & Mrs. Don Hofstra 

Thomas Kauffman 
Mr. & Mrs. Omer Vincent 

Thomas Kauffman 
Mr. & Mrs. Ken Martin 

Thomas Kauffman 
Mary Perley 

Thomas Kauffman 
The Weavers 

Thomas Kauffman 
John Davis 

Thomas Kauffman 
Calvary Baptist Church, Forrest City. AR 
Thomas Kauffman 
Mrs. W. H. Greenwood 

Mr. S. M. Coffey. Sr. 
Rev. & Mrs. Charles H. Koontz 

Mrs. Joseph Gingrich 
Mr. & Mrs. Wayne Snider 

Mrs. Joseph Gingrich 
Mr. & Mrs. Kenneth Kohler. Sr. 

Mary Buchter 
Dr. & Mrs. Raymond Gingrich 

Claude & Sara Snider 
Mr. & Mrs. Harold Gingrich 

Claude & Sara Snider 
Mr. & Mrs. Harold Gingrich 

Joseph & Beatrice Gingrich 
Mr. Gary Pilgrim 

Mr. Ed Grill 

Mr. Ed Grill 

Mr. Ed Grill 

Mr. Ed Grill 

Mr. Ed Grill 

Mr. Ed Grill 

Mr. Ed Grill 

Mr. Ed Grill 
Mr. & Mrs. Harry Pechta 

Thomas Kauffman 
Dorothy Rich 

Thomas Kauffman 

Given by: In Honor Of: 

Mr. & Mrs. Meredith Bowland 

Blanche Webb 
(In lieu of flowers when she was in the 
hospital) 



Mr. & Mrs. Henry Pilgrim 
Mr. & Mrs. Robert Sparks 
Mr. & Mrs. Homer Kent 
Mr. and Mrs. Jon Hueni 
Mr. & Mrs. Dewey Melton 
Rev. & Mrs. Jerry Twombly 
Mr. Earl Yeiter 



FGBC Council Mid-Year Meeting News 



The council met in Chicago 
January 12 and 13 under the leader- 
ship of Moderator Dean Fetterhoff. 
The purpose of the meeting 
centered on conference evaluation 
and planning, state of the Fellowship 
and an exciting report from the new- 
ly formed FGBC Strategy and Plan- 
ning Committee. Evaluations 
revealed last year's conference to 
have been one of "the best ever" 
and the plans for next summer in 
Palm Desert as very exciting with the 
"Call to Compassion" theme and 
social concerns thrust -- with such 
speakers as Joni Eareckson Tada, 
John Maxwell and Chuck Colson. 

Moderator Dean Fetterhoff im- 
pressed the council with his burden 
for our Fellowship in the area of evan- 
gelistic outreach. It was reported that 
by early January over 65 churches 



were participating in the "Family to 
Family" evangelistic program effort for 
1988. Almost 7000 enrollment cards 
and prayer cards have been ordered 
by these churches. 

A spirit of optimism and expecta- 
tion permeated the council 
meetings, especially in light of the 
increasing focus on who and what 
we are as Grace Brethren and where 
we really want to go as a Fellowship. 

The newly formed strategy Com- 
mittee gave their initial report through 
Chairman James Custer. There is 
great excitement and strong hope that 
this committee, through the council, 
will be able to lead our Fellowship: 1) 
to a renewed sense of identity, 2) to 
a greater vision for the future, and 3) 
to specific strategies on how to reach 
some very Christ-honoring goals in 
the next decade and beyond. 




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DEVOTIONAL 



Time With Him 

by Roberta Letsch 



Is JESUS your best friend? Do 
you spend time with HIM? Do 
you feed upon HIS Word each 
day? 

There are twenty-four hours in 
each day. How many hours are 
spent on: sleep, work, meals, 
television, and recreation? Does 
JESUS have equal access to your 
time? Does JESUS have any 
access to your time? 

Have your children ever seen 
you on your knees in prayer? Do 
they learn from you that JESUS 
is worth spending time with, or 
is it sometimes more important 
to sleep in on Sunday morning? 
If everything else comes before a 
daily quiet time with your Lord 
and Savior, don't expect your 
children to value JESUS as their 
Lord. 

God does not speak to us per- 
sonally through most television 
programming. He does not com- 
pete with the radio for our atten- 
tion. He will not flash a warning 
or a message across the T.V. 
screen or interrupt a radio pro- 
gram with a bulletin for us. We 
have to willingly enter into HIS 
presence through praise, prayer, 

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Bible reading and silence to 
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will never regret it. 



If I could give you the gift of 
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spent alone with JESUS it would 
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FELLOWSHIP NEWS 



MARRIAGES 

ROBINSON: Darlene Kinsey and 
Jerry Robinson, were married 
November 21, 1987, in the Homer- 
ville Grace Brethren Church, 
Homerville, OH. Robert Holmes, 
pastor. 



DEATHS 

EPPERLY, MRS. MILDRED: Decem- 
ber 27, 1987. She was last of the 
charter members of the Whittier 
(Grace), CA, church, having 
jattended there since its inception in 
1914. She taught Sunday school, led 
in Child Evangelism groups, and 
served in the women's work of the 
iFellowship. Submitted by J. Keith 
Altig. Stephen Kuns, pastor. 

KAUFFMAN, THOMAS W., 47, Oc- 
tober 28, 1987. He was a faithful 
member and part of one of the 
founding families of the Calvary 
Grace Brethren Church in Alto, Ml. 
Mick Funderburg, pastor. 



Secretary-Treasurer - 

Dennis Henry 
NAC Sports Coordinator - 

Bob Hetzler 
NAC Drama/Music Coordinator - 

Dennis Henry 
District Rallies -- Members of GBYC 
Camp: 
Winter - 
Coordinator Senior High - 

Members of GBYC 
Name of Camp - Hume Lake 
Coordinator Junior High - 

Chris Suitt and Ben Taylor 
Name of Camp - Sno-Blast 
Name of Campground - 

Angelus Crest 
Summer - 
Coordinator Senior High - 

Jim and Marianne Willie 
Name of Camp - Camp Surf 
Name of Campground - 

Imperial Beach 
Coordinator Jr. High - 

Ben Taylor and Bob Hetzler 
Name of Camp - Hume Lake 



CHANGE YOUR ANNUAL NeWS Update 



Dr. and Mrs. Jim Hines, on page 30, 
the correct address should be 4424 
Lynndale Dr., Saginaw, Ml 48603. 

Ronald Joline, 415 S. Kinzer Ave., 
New Holland, PA 17557 

William Kiddoo, 28 Rainsbrook Dr., 
Monkspath, Solihull, West Midlands, 
England B90 4 TH. 

Kenneth Townsend, 1637 Irvine 
Ave., No. A, Costa Mesa, CA 92627. 

Cenneth Wilt, c/o D. Lauffer, 903 
V Hummingbird Ln., West Chester, PA 
1 19382. 

On page 65 of your Annual, 
JDlease add this additional informa- 
/ ;ion to the Southern Califor- 
lia/Arizona District Fellowship of 
3race Brethren Churches, which 
las been submitted by Bob Hetzler, 
I Jr. High Youth Minister of the Los 
I Mtos, CA, Grace Brethren Church: 

ifouth Council: 

resident - Jay Knepper 



Phil Teran, pastor of the Grace 
Brethren Church in San Diego, CA, 
has been invited to join the clinic 
faculty for Evangelism Explosion III 
International. As a member of the 
faculty, he will teach 2-3 clinics a year 
in selected churches around the 
country. He will continue to serve the 
San Diego church as pastor. 
John Diaz, chaplain, has consented 
to serve as. interim pastor at the new 
church at Hampton Roads, VA, while 
he is stationed there. 
Rob Barlow was recently approved 
for licensure by the Iowa-Midlands 
examining board. 

Robert Culver has written an 
excellent book called The 
Peacemongers - a Biblical Answer to 
Pacifism and Nuclear Disarmament. It 
gives considerable space to our tradi- 
tional view on war. Write to Bob at Rt. 
1, Box 166, Houston, MN 55943. Cost 
$5.00, postage paid. 



Brethren Youth 
Conference 

Brethren National Youth Con- 
ference will be held at Biola Univer- 
sity, La Mirada, California, July 
30-August 5, 1988. Speakers will in- 
clude Ken Poure of Hume Lake Chris- 
tian Camps, John Whitcomb of Grace 
Theological Seminary, as well as 
musicians Al Holley and Kenny 
Marks. The week will feature a day at 
Knott's Berry Farm, trips to the beach, 
and a special communion service. 
Registration is $220. Brochures and 
registration information will be sent to 
churches in March. 

New Grace Study Books 

A study book in Grace Brethren 
doctrine was released last month by 
GBC Christian Education. Titled, 
Biblical Beliefs, this first book teaches 
the first six elements of the Grace 
Brethren Statement of Faith: The 
Bible, God, Man, Jesus Christ, Salva- 
tion, and the Holy Spirit. More than 
90 pages in length, the book uses a 
fill-in-the-blank approach in this 
doctrinal study. The book is intended 
to be used with Christians. Some of 
the questions the study answers are: 
How do you know the Bible is God's 
Word? How can you prove God's ex- 
istence? What difference does it make 
whether Christ was born of a virgin? 
Can we lose our salvation? How does 
the Holy Spirit communicate today? 

The new resource is available in 
both a youth and adult edition. A 
leader's guide is available for each 
edition. The student book is sold for 
$3.50 and the leader's guide costs 
$1.75. The attractively designed books 
can be used for individual use or 
small-group studies. 

American Giving 

According to American Demo- 
graphics, Americans spend 15 times 
more on gambling than they give to 
churches. 



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Welcome Home G.I.s 
A Job Well Done 



by Charles W. Turner 



They have been coming home 
and they will be coming home . 
. . a group of persons who have 
served their terms and now have 
reached the time to retire. They 
may not want to retire, but that 
is the way life is in the twentieth 
century. 

They are a mixed group of per- 
sons who have come from the 
farms of Iowa, the hills of Penn- 
sylvania, and thousands of other 
different communities and cities. 
These individuals were born in a 
specific period of time and their 
lives were shaped by history. 

These G.I.s did not know a lot 
about the world - how big it real- 
ly was or how small it was to 
become. They were mostly pro- 
vincial in their outlook and the 
borders of their knowledge were 
shaped by their environment, 
but the times called for a change 
in their lives. Most of them were 
straight out of high school. The 
farms and steel mills where their 
fathers worked would have to 
wait. 

The world was in conflict and 
world leaders were bent on 
settling a dispute. These men and 
women of the early forties were 
sent to a strange land with dif- 
ferent people, sights and smells. 
For many, death was to be their 
fate, for others it offered a chance 
to look at mankind at its worst. 
The thinking of this band of peo- 
ple was never to be the same. 

The war was ended in the mid- 
forties and they returned home. 
After a big welcome back, it was 
time to setde down to a family and 
a lifetime of work at their voca- 
tions. But many could not forget 
all thev had seen. Their lives 



had been changed forever. The 
sights of the past haunted them. 
Many could not settle down to 
life as expected. They were Chris- 
tian believers and they had used 
the carnal weapons of warfare. 
They wanted to go back and take 
something else to the people 
they had met. Thus began one of 
the greatest Christian mis- 
sionary movements of all time. 
These people became known as 
the post-war missionaries. They 
went to Europe, the Pacific, 
Africa and South America. They 
returned to the corners of the 
world and they went with a 
message. 

Thus began one of the 

greatest Christian 

missionary 

movements 

of all time. 

This time the message was 
more important than the weapons 
they had carried on their first trip. 
A needy world became a mis- 
sionary field for these persons. 
Their missionary trip was one of 
great burden. This was not a 



movement of professionals, it was 
a group of persons whose eyes 
had been opened to people who 
needed Christ. 

They have served for thirty 
years or more and are now com- 
ing back to their homeland. As 
they have served elsewhere, their 
own country has changed into a 
mission field. Age and length of 
service may have taken a toll on 
their bodies, but their spirits and 
their vision have not dimmed. 

Some have died on the field as 
martyrs, some have succumbed to 
disease, but many are coming 
home as unsung heros. They are 
a great group to whom the church 
of Jesus Christ owes a great debt. 
They took Christ to where He had 
not been preached and showed 
the Way to Heaven. 

The next few years will bring 
back the final group of G.I.s- 
turned-Christian-missionaries. A 
generation of workers has gone 
and we all pray that the field will 
be filled by yet another group of 
missionaries. The times may 
change, but the need remains. 

For just a moment, I propose a 
vote of thanks for this very special 
group of missionaries who have 
served so very well. M 




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Christian Education 

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Brad Skiles 
Foreign Missions 

Tom Julien 

Karen Bartel 
Grace Schools 

John Davis 

Joel Curry 
Home Missions 

Robert W. Thompson 
Liz Cutler 
Women's Missionary Council 
Linda Unruh 
Cover Photograph 

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Volume 50 No. 3 



March 15, 1988 




2 Editorial 

Welcome Home 
G.I.s 

Charles W. Turner 

4 Devotional 
New Life 

Raeann Hart 
6 Making A Difference 

A Different Kind 
of Bag Lady 

Kurt De Haan 
8 Foreign Missions 

Japan 

Cecil O'Dell 
10 Foreign Missions 

News 



12 WMC 

WMC Rally 

New Mexico Style 

Mary Thompson 

13 Devotional 

Jesus Christ 
is Risen 



14 Devotional 

Nails 

Michael M. Smith 





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16 Current Christian Issues 

What is this 
Disease Called 
"AIDS"? 

Jennie J. Sholly 

22 Home Missions 

Profile of a 
Church Planter 

Robert W. Thompson 

24 Home Missions 

Meeting Needs, 
Sharing the 
Gospel 

Lester E. Pifer 

25 Home Missions 

Pastor on Field 
GBHMC, GBIF 
Employees 
Recognized 



26 CE 

CE News 



28 BEM 
Living in the DMZ | 

29 Fellowship News 



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DEVOTIONAL 



New Life 



A caterpillar builds a cocoon, then "dies" and arises again - as a butterfly. Jesus 
said, I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies 
it remains a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. The man who 
loves his life will lose it, while the man who hates his life in this world will 
keep it for eternal life." (John 12:24,25 NIV) 

If a caterpillar insisted on remaining a caterpillar, he would miss the greater joy 
of soaring as a butterfly, displaying a delicate beauty which demonstrates a tiny bit 
of God's creative glory to the world. If we selfishly hang on to our human will, we 
will miss the opportunity to display God's creative glory to the world. 

"Therefore, if any one is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the 
new has come! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ 
and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world 
to himself in Christ, not counting men's sins against them." (2 Cor. 5:17-19A NIV) 



New Life 



I believe in the brook as it wanders 

From hillside into glade: 

I believe in the breeze as it whispers 

When evening's shadows fade. 

I believe in the roar of the river 

As it dashes from high cascade; 

I believe in the cry of the tempest 

'Mid the thunder's cannonade. 

I believe in the light of shining stars: 

I believe in the sun and the moon. 

I believe in the flash of lightning: 

I believe in the night bird's croon. 

I believe in the faith of the flowers, 

I believe in the rock and sod: 
For in all of these appeareth clear 
The handiwork of God. 
Anonymous 

I believe in the promise of Springtime 

when crocuses bloom anew 

I believe in the power of the cross 

where Christ died for me and for you 

I believe in the new life we're promised 

when we live in Jesus' will 

Like butterflies soar high on the wind 

His love keeps my soul soaring still 

Bunnies and butterflies remind us today 

of the lamb sacrificial 

More glorious still his resurrection 

promises new life eternal. 

Raeann Hart 

"Jesus said to her (Martha), 'I am the resur- 
rection and the life. He who believes in me will 
live, even though he dies; and whoever lives 
and believes in me will never die.'" 

John 11:26. 26 A NIV 



Christ, the Life 
of All the Living 

Christ, the life of all the living, 

Christ, the death of death, our foe, 

Christ, yourself for me once giving 

To the darkest depths of woe: 

Through your suffering, death, and merit 

Life eternal I inherit. 

Thousands, thousands thanks are due. 

Dearest Jesus, unto you. 

You have suffered great affliction 

And have borne it patiently. 

Even death by crucifixion, 

Fully to atone for me: 

For you chose to be tormented 

That my doom should be prevented. 

Thousand, thousand thanks are due. 

Dearest Jesus, unto you. 

Then, for all that bought my pardon. 

For the sorrows deep and sore, 

For the anguish in the garden, 

I will thank you evermore. 

Thank you for the groaning, sighing. 

For the bleeding and the dying. 

For that last triumphant cry. 

Praise you evermore on high. 

Ernst C. Homburg. 
1605-1681 

Heavenly Pather, during these precious days as we 
wait the day of celebration of your son's resurrec- 
tion and the time when our earth springs forth with 
new life, help us to remember your sacrifice and 
your promise of new life. Thank you for your 
precious gifts of beauty in your creation andhelp 
us to live lives that show that we are filled with the 
new life that comes from you. Help us to share your 
love and message with others so they may share 
your eternal life. We praise you for your majesty. 



[ERALD/ March 15, 1988 



DEVOTIONAL 



A Different Kind 
of Bag Lady 

by Kurt De Haan 

How can you make a difference in a hungry world? Here's how 
one church became part of the solution. 



She's not a "bag lady" in the typical sense. You 
won't see her roaming the streets in ragged 
clothing or carrying her belongings in bundles. In- 
stead, you'll see her carrying bags of groceries to 
families who have called for help in times of crisis. 
For Karen Tasma, it's the Lord's ministry, and she 
is thankful to be a part of it. Since June of 1986, 
Karen and other members of the career-age singles 
Sunday school class of her church in Grand Rapids 
have taken practical steps to do what they can to 
reach out to the physical and spiritual needs of 
their community. 

In this interview, Kurt De Haan talked with 
Karen Tasma about her group's efforts to minister 
to the needy. 
How did you get involved in this ministry? 

I had been very uncomfortable with the idea that 
every Sunday night our class would have a party 
or do this and that, but it didn't seem like we were 
reaching out at all. I wanted to do more in the com- 
munity. About this time I talked to our class presi- 
dent and he said, "Great, I've got an idea of what 
you can do, Karen," He had the idea plugged into 
him by a deacon in the church who had been 
thinking about this type of thing. The group was 
ready at that point to start something like that. 

How do you find out who has a need for food 
and how do you respond? 

At first we were worried how we would get con- 
tacts without getting people who would abuse the 
program. So we made arrangements with a local 
social agency. They screen all the calls and give 
us names of people who need a delivery of food. 
They'll give me a call at work, and then I have class 
members' names I can call after they get home 
from work. They'll go to church to pick up canned 
items - stuff we can store at church. We also go 
to a grocery store and get a bag of fresh food -- 
meat, eggs, milk, bread, and butter. Then we take 
that to the people who need the food. 



How many "bread runs" do you have every 
week? 

Last winter we had as many as 15 to 20 bread 
runs every week. 

How many people are involved in the 
program? 

We have a core of about 6 to 8 in our class who 
are committed to this thing. No matter what 
they've got going, they're willing to drop it and do 
a bread run. We started involving other Sunday 
school classes - other adult members who have 
expressed an interest in going. 

Is there any opportunity for a gospel witness? 

When I drop off the food, I say that this is an 
emergency-type service, and I encourage them to 
call if they have other emergency needs. I tell them 
they are welcome to come to church. We always 
leave them some literature from Radio Bible Class 
- usually on salvation. We also have the gospel of 
John that we leave with them. I also make sure 
that they know it's there. And I tell them that if 
they have any questions or would like to talk, they 
can feel free to call me. 

What is the biblical mandate for this 
ministry? 

One time I went through my concordance and 
did a study on the poor. What really struck me was 
that it says that the poor will always be with you, 
that you're commanded not to scorn the poor, and 
that God looks after the poor. And then, of course, 
there is the reference in Matthew where Jesus said, 
"Whatever you've done to the least of these, you've 
done unto Me." And in James we are told to be 
doers of the Word and not hearers only. And it also 
says not to turn away your brother, not to say 
casually, "Go in peace," without doing something 
for him. A lot of people from a conservative 
background will say that those people are just us- 
ing the system and everyone has to get out there 



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and work for himself. I'm not going to stand up and 
answer for these people, but I answer for myself 
and what I can do. If I can do this, then this is what 
I need to be doing. Maybe they are using the 
system. But they are going to have to answer for 
that, not me. As a class, we are doing what we see 
is our responsibility as wealthy people. In a sense 
we are wealthy compared to these people. 

Why do you think more people don't share 
your concern for the hungry? 

Maybe because they haven't seen these people 
and haven't seen how they exist. I think about it 
day and night. It consumes me sometimes. It's like, 
what more could we be doing? 

Who pays the bill for your program? 

The church has been excellent at supplying food 
and money. Whenever the food chest is low, we can 
go out and buy the needed food. Usually all it takes 
is a little announcement from me or somebody 
else in the class and the food comes rolling in. 

How have your ministry goals changed? 

In January of 1987, I was feeling another 
restlessness with this. We were doing what we 
wanted to do originally, but I felt that there was 
something more we needed to be doing with it. I 
had kept a record of all the people we dropped food 
off to. In January, I started going back to some of 
the ones we were visiting every couple of months 
with food. And I just asked them if they would like 
the kids to go to Awana or Sunday school. From 
that I started with 2 or 3 kids, and now we're up 
to about 20 kids coming for the Awana program. 

What are your dreams for the future? 

I feel I should be doing even more. We've had a 
couple kids saved, but I feel there is no follow-up 
there. I've heard a lot of people say that you can't 
just reach the kids -- you need to reach the parents. 
The only way we're going to do this is by going to 
them. We've talked about maybe having a women's 
Bible study in one of the homes or setting up a 
5-day club in the backyards for the summer time, 
things like that. 

So we're trying to do more follow-up work with 
these people. A lot of them are really opening up 
to us, simply because we have given them the food. 
If we hadn't had that contact first, we wouldn't be 
getting anywhere with these people. Wi 

Editor's Note: See the article on page 24 for an example of 
how one of our churches is making a difference in a hungry 
world. 



Reprinted by permission from Discovery Digest, 
© 1987, Radio Bible Class. 




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FOREIGN MISSIONS 



T hu Cecil O'l 



by Cecil O'Dell 







Today Japan is wide open to missions. Mis- 
sionaries experience little or no difficulties in ob- 
taining visas. The missionary is allowed to do 
almost anything he wants for evangelism outreach 
and church planting. 

Japan is a western oriented nation with deep 
and influential eastern roots. Western dress, 
western food, western-style politics and western 
materialism blend with eastern reasoning, 
application and philosophy. 

Young people follow all of the up-to-date fads in 
clothing, food and speech. Popular music blends 
with sports cars and the latest movies from 
America. Pizza, Colonel Sanders and McDonald's 
are as much a part of modern Japan as are the 
kimono, wooden clogs and raw fish. 




JAPAN 

AREA: 143,822 sq. miles. This is smaller than 
the state of California. 

POPULATION: 120,000,000 

CITIES*: Greater Tokyo area over 15,000,000; 
Osaka 3,000,000; Yokohama 3,000,000; 
Nagoya 2,500,000; Kyoto 2,000,000 

LANGUAGE: Japanese 

LITERACY: 99% 

ECONOMY: One of the world's most powerful 
economies, despite lack of raw 
materials and limited agricultural 
land. 

* GBFM has missionaries in the Tokyo and 
Osaka areas. 



NEW 



OLD 



The nearly 300 islands of Japan form an 
archipelago that is 1500 miles long. The majority 
of the population lives on the four main islands of 
Hokkaido, Honshu, Shikoku and Kyushu. The 
topography is quite mountainous, with only 16% 
of its land arable. Total population is slightly more 
than 120 million, making it the seventh largest 
nation in the world. 



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FOREIGN MISSIONS 



Japanese young people have largely turned away 
from the beliefs of their forefathers; when asked 
their religion, they will likely reply, "None". 
Although they are attracted by a secular lifestyle, 
many are seeking a more meaningful way of life 
which can only be found through Jesus Christ. 

BETTER LATE 

THAN NEVER 

GBFM missionaries have been working in Japan 
since 1984 to provide an alternative for those who 
are searching beyond lifeless religion or 
materialism. Patience is needed because a 
Japanese always carefully weighs the implications 
of following Jesus Christ. 

The Ike Graham family, after two years of 
language study in Karuizawa, moved to the Osaka 
area to begin the first stage of our strategy in Itami 
City. Shortly after their arrival they began mak- 
ing contacts and began seeing fruit. 

Ike has teamed up with 
Shingi Muneda, a Japan- 
ese national whom he 
met at Grace Seminary. 
Shingi is preparing for 
leadership in the church. 
Our prayer is that Shingi 
will become the pastor of 
the church and help start 
daughter churches in the 
Osaka area. 

Miss Deguchi received 
Christ February 19, 1987. 

Cecil and Debbie O'Dell have lived in Hoya City, 
Tokyo since they arrived in Japan August 1984. 
During their two years of language study they 
attended a Baptist church where they were able 
to learn many valuable things before beginning 
their ministry. 

January 1987, marked 
the beginning of the 
Tokyo Grace Brethren 
Church. After locating a 
facility and three months 
of preparation and con- 
tact making, the church 
had its first official wor- 
ship service on April 5th. 
The ministry in Tokyo 
has also been blessed 
with fruit in its first year. 

Makoto Nishimura re- 
ceived Christ December 
12, 1987. 








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STRATEGY: STAGE ONE 

The strategy goal of the Japan team is to plant 
a series of churches in the Tokyo and Osaka areas. 

Stage 1 of the strategy 
is to establish a core 
group of members com- 
mitted to our goals and 
practices. 

Out of the 14 Chris- 
tians now attending ser- 
vices, some are prepar- 
ing for leadership, some 
are preparing for church 
membership and others 
for baptism. 
The goal is to be completed with stage 1 by the 
end of 1988. From there the strategy moves into 
stage 2. This stage will involve five years of expan- 
sion through carefully planned evangelistic and 
discipleship programs. 

Stage 2 is going to require Japanese national in- 
volvement as well as additional missionary staff. 
Ted and Kristen Kirnbauer will be finished with 
language study this summer and will join the 
O'Dells in Tokyo. 



JAPAN TEAM NEEDS: 

In order to accomplish the goals we believe God 
has set before us, we are going to need more career 
workers as well as those who feel they can give one 
or two years to help in the church planting effort. 
Short termers will be key to the ministry as they 
help the career missionary by making new con- 
tacts through English conversation classes and 
other special activities. This will allow the career 
worker to concentrate his efforts more in follow- 
up and Bible teaching. BY ALL MEANS COME 
AND JOIN US!!! 



YOUR JAPAN TEAM 

Rev. Isaac and Nancy Graham Grand Mezon 
Shin Itami 412, Itami-shi Minami Machi. 2-1-20 
Hyogo-Ken. Japan T 664 Tel. 011-81-727-83-8314 

Rev. Ted and Kristen Kirnbauer 1190-16 
Karuizawa Machi. Nagano-Ken T 389-01, Japan 
Tel. 011-81-267-42-8402 

*Rev. Cecil and Debbie O'Dell - Koopo Tsukasa 
#102, 2-10-8 Sumiyoshi-cho. Hoy-shi. Tokyo T 202. 
Japan Tel. 011-81-424-23-6455/2002 

* Japan Field Superintendent 



ERALD/ March 15, 1988 



FOREIGN MISSIONS 



FOREIGN MISSION NEWS 



To The Fields 



The following individuals were approved for missionary service by the GBFM Board of Trustees in 
February. They plan to leave for the field after National Conference in July or when their financial 

support has been raised. 






Roy Angle, aroc -:e-: 



Wyoming and Oregon. Roy 

returned to Pennsylvania a" : 

began working as a carpenter. 

In 19>77 he gave his life to 

Christ, became a member of 

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Study Certificate) in 1985, Roy 

began a pastoral internship 

Roy Angle with his home church. One 

year later he participated in Euro-Missions Institute and 

received high recommendations from the England 

ea~ 

Since that time. Roy has received his licensure from 
the Waynesboro GBC and the Mid-Atlantic District. He 
has ma -tained a focus on evangelism, teaching, and 
re a'jonship building and will use this experience when 
'e re: ns his ministry among university students in 




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Lori Wannemacher. SOWer to 
Franca is a member of the 
Worthington. OH GBC. Prior to 

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Tom and Laura Hickey, appointees to France, grew 
up in Florida and were married when Laura graduated 
from high school. Tom attended 
and graduated (BA. Music- 
History-Literature) from the 
University of Florida and from 
Western Conservative Baptist 
Seminary (M. Div.). Laura also 
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Tom was Assistant Pastor at 
a - E.a-ge oai Free Church, 
but left after three years. 
re: a_.se ~e •■•as arracted to the 
Grace Brethren clear doctrinal Tom Hickey 

position. After six years out of fulKime ministry, he 
became Pastor of the Ormond Beach, Florida GBC. 

The Hickeys became bur- 
dened and challenged with the 
needs of France during Nation- 
al Conference in 1985. Since 
then, they have seen the minis- 
try in France firsthand and 
would like to serve the Lord as 
missionaries there. The elders 
of the Ormond Beach GBC 
hate to see their pastor leave 
the church, but wholeheartedly 
recommend them for mission- 
ary service. 

Tom and Laura have three 
children: Laura. Rebekah. and 
Alison. 




Laura Hickey 



SOWers is a two-year, short-term missionary program 
designed to give individuals who are seriously consider- 
ing a full-time missionary career an opportunity for 
missionary internship. The primary emphasis of the pro- 
gram is in contact making and evangelization. SOWers 
are part of the mission team, but they also serve the 
overseas workers. 

For more information concerning mission opportunities 
or the SOWers program, contact Grace Brethren Foreign 
Mesons. RO. Box 588, Winona Lake, IN 4659a 



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Beverly Dobrenen, SOWer to Germany, received 
Christ during Vacation Bible School as a child and is 
a member of the Communi- 
ty Grace Brethren Church in 
Whittier, CA. She attended 
and graduated from Biola 
University (Spanish), Whittier 
College (B.A. Home 
Economics) and California 
State University (Single Sub- 
ject Credential). Beverly has 
studied Russian and Ger- 
man, and is currently learn- 
ing French. She taught 
Spanish to high schoolers for 
six years. 

After participating in the Beverly Dobrenen 
TIME (Training in Missionary Endeavor) program in 
Mexico in 1977 and in EMI (Euro-Missions Institute) in 
1987, Bev would like to serve the Lord in Germany in 
secretarial and people-related ministries. 

Greg and Cheryl Shipley, appointees to England. 
and members of the First Brethren Church in 
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, met while attending Florida 
Bible College and were married three years later. Greg 
graduated from Florida Bible College (B.A.. Bible). 
Grace Theological Seminary (M.Div). and Westminster 
Theological Seminary (Th.D.. Reformation Studies). 
Cheryl graduated from Grace College (B.A.. Elemen- 
tary Education) in 1980. 




Greg and Cheryl Shipley 

The seed of the Shipleys' interest in England was 
planted by missionary Phil Steele, studies in English 
church history, and exposure to British students. After 
attending GBFM Candidate School in 1987, they visited 
England and the spiritual needs of the English people 
became obvious to them. 

The Shipleys have been blessed with two children 
by adoption: Charis and Matthew. 




Kristy Guerena 



Martin and Kristy Guerena. 
appointees to Mexico, met and 
were married while ministering 
in GBC churches in Colum- 
bus. Ohio. Martin, who is a 
"missionary kid 7 ' from Mexico, 
graduated from Grace College 
(B.A., Church Music) and 
Grace Theological Seminary 
(M.Div.). He has represented 
the Brethren Board of 
Evangelism, led a ministry 
team to Southern California, 
graduated from the Lafayette. 
Indiana Counseling Center. 
and completed a pastoral in- 
ternship at Northwest Chapel 
GBC in Columbus. Ohio. 

Kristy graduated from Ohio 
State University and Lima 
Technical Institute (Associate. 
Dental Hygiene) and from 
Word of Life Bible Institute 
(Certificate of Bible). She par- 
ticipated in a medical/dental 
ministry in Haiti, has served as 
an SMM patroness, and led 
discipleship classes at Ohio 
Stale University. Prior to her 
marriage to Martin in 1987. she was a secretary at the 
Worthington. Ohio GBC. 

The Guerenas' desire is to plant GBC churches in 
Mexico City. Mexico, the world's largest city. 




Martin Guerena 



The following missionaries, who have been 
extended home ministries also plan to return to the 
field after National Conference. 



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SRALD/ March 15. 1988 



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WOMEN MANIFESTING CHRIST 



WMC Rally 
New Mexico Style 



by Mary Thompson, 
Grace Brethren Navajo Ministries 



Dinner time! It's a carry-in provided by the 
women of the First Brethren Church of Taos. New 
Mexico. The occasion is the overnight fall WMC ral- 
ly for the Southwest District. 

A fabulous menu reflects the Spanish heritage 
of many of the cooks - enchiladas, green chile 
stew, chile rellenos, frijoles refritos (refried beans) 
and, of course, tortillas. The variety and quality of 
the meal rival that of an exclusive Spanish 
restaurant, with a few Anglo dishes besides. 

It's said that in New Mexico everyone is a 
member of a minority group. More of the Best 
From New Mexico Kitchens* states, "The bedrock 
of New Mexico cuisine is, of course, Pueblo Indian, 
reaching back untold thousands of years. The 
basic ingredients of corn, beans, squash, chile, 
game, and wild fruits and vegetables were adapted 
and augmented by Navajo and Apache, then by the 
Spanish colonists who arrived more than 300 
years ago. On this Indian-Spanish foundation were 
laid the influences of later groups who began ar- 
riving less than 150 years ago - French, Mexicans, 
English, Scots, Irish, and Germans; Yankees, 
Midwesterners, and Southerners of every color and 
every persuasion." And the list goes on. 




The Southwest District of Grace Brethren 
Churches represents many of these ethnic groups. 
On some occasions, when everyone contributes to 
a meal, women from the Navajo churches bring 
their favorite stew and fry bread along with blue 
corn pudding. Albuquerque, with two Grace 
Brethren churches, has a more cosmopolitan 
population and adds diversity to the menus from 
their varied ethnic backgrounds. 

A district WMC meeting might include a special 
song in Navajo from the ladies of the Navajo 
churches. Sometimes there's a song in Spanish, 
although one of the ladies with a Spanish heritage 
confided, "Some of us don't even speak Spanish." 

• Written by Sheila Macniuen Cameron and the staff of 
New Mexico Magazine. Santa Fe. NM, © New Mexico Maaazine 
1983. 



Although many miles separate most of the 
Southwest District churches, and in spite of ethnic 
differences, everyone senses the warm Christian love 
that permeates all the gatherings. There are no 
racial barriers in God's family. At the Taos rally 
women from Albuquerque, from the Navajo 
churches, and staff members from the Navajo Mis- 
sion were all welcomed into Taos homes as overnight 
guests. 

It can come as a surprise that in spite of wide 
cultural differences, people experience many of the 
same problems and needs - marriages on the verge 
of disintegration, a child who has wandered from the 
Lord, a sick friend, a family member who is addicted 
to alcohol, a neighbor who doesn't know the Lord, 
problems in the local church, or a husband who has 
lost his job. 

At 7,200 feet altitude, the fall weather in Taos was 
nippy, but the women paired off. moved out into the 
brilliant, warm sunshine and prayed for each other's 
burdens and needs. 

Whether women cook stew and fry bread for their 
families, or tacos and frijoles, or roast beef and 
potatoes, their hearts are united in the love of Christ. 



Mount Climbing 

1987-88 Giving 

Third Quarter 
National Project 
Foreign Missions 




Truck, medical suppliei 

work - $5,000 

Computers for Japan, Argentina, 

N. Brazil Spain - $4,000 

Missionaries of the Year Offering 

Memory Passage — 

Matthew 5:3-12 



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He's Risen, 
He's Risen 

C. Ferdinand Walther, 1811-1887 

He's risen, he's risen 

Christ Jesus, the Lord; 
Death's prison he opened, 

incarnate, true Word. 
Break forth, hosts of heaven, 

in jubilant song 
While earth, sea, and mountain 

the praises prolong. 

The foe was triumphant 

when on Calvary 
The Lord of creation 

was nailed to the tree. 
In Satan's domain 

his hosts shouted and jeered. 
For Jesus was slain, 

whom the evil ones feared 

But short was their triumph, 

the Savior rose, 
And death, hell and Satan 

he vanquished, his foes; 
The conquering Lord 

lifts his banner on high. 
He lives, yes he lives, 

and will nevermore die. 

Then sing your hosannas 

and raise your glad voice; 
Proclaim the blest tidings 

that all may rejoice. 
Laud, honor, and praise 

to the lamb that was slain; 
In glory he reigns, 

yes, and ever shall reign. 

RALD/ March 15, 1988 



Jesus Christ 
is Risen Today 

Charles Wesley 

Jesus Christ is ris'n today, 

Our triumphant holy day. 
Who did once upon the cross, 

Suffer to redeem our loss. 

Hymns of praise then let us sing, 

Unto Christ, our heav'nly king, 
Who endured the cross and grave. 

Sinners to redeem and save. 

But the pains which he endured. 

Our salvation have procured; 
Now above the sky he's king. 

Where the angels ever sing. 

Sing we to our God above. 

Praise eternal as his love; 
Praise him, all you heav'nly host. 

Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. 




DEVOTIONAL 



Nails 

by Michael M. Smith 

"If anyone would 

come after me, 

he must deny himself 

and take up his cross 

daily and follow me." 

Luke 9:23 



Why are these familiar words of Jesus so 
hard to put into practice? We know the cross 
was an instrument of death that gave Jesus 
no comfort. We know too that Jesus took up 
His cross of His own free will. No one forced 
Him to do it. 

It was not a circumstance beyond His con- 
trol, but a decision he made, like our early 
morning decisions to "take up our cross dai- 
ly." We tell the Lord in the beginning of the 
day that we want to do His will regardless 
of the cost. Yet we often find by nightfall that 
our cross, so earnestly accepted in the 
morning hours, has been dropped 
somewhere along the way. 

Why is our cross so difficult to hold on to 
while Christ persevered to the end? What 
did the cross of Christ have that ours lack? 

Nails. 

When Jesus let the soldiers drive the nails 
into His hands and feet, the cross took on a 
new meaning. It was no longer simply a 
burden or a mere symbol of death. It was 
death as reality. The nails were not very 
large, but they made the cross very real. A 
cross, after all, is not for simply carrying 
around. It is something you get nailed to. 

Those few nails Jesus accepted were 
small, but painful. Have you noticed the 
three or four small "nails" that are offered 
you each day? They are\momentary situa- 
tions in which you have a choice to make: 
not exploding in anger at the driver who cut 
sharply in front of you on your way to work; 
helping someone when you're rushed for 
time and don't feel like helping; being 
honest even if it costs you time, money, or 
position; not insisting on having things 
done your way, though you're convinced 
you are right. 

The nails are to the cross what your obe- 
dience is to Christ's lordship. Obeying 
means always saying yes to these nails - 
so small, yet essential. 

When you take up your cross today, don't 
forget the nails. 



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Copyright 1982 by the Navigators. Used by permis- 
sion of NAVPRESS, Colorado Springs, Colorado. All 
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What is this Disease 
Called "AIDS"? 



by Jennie J. Sholly, RN, BA, CFNP 



AIDS is a condition in which body defenses 
against several infections and cancers are 
destroyed. It is caused by a retrovirus labeled 
HTLV III (for Human T-lymphotropic Virus Type 
III). A shorter label used in this article is HIV (for 
Human Immunodeficiency Virus). AIDS, or Ac- 
quired Immunodeficiency Syndrome means: 

A -- Acquired: not hereditary or caused by 
medication; 

I -- Immuno: relating to the body's defense 
against disease; 

D -- Deficiency: lacking in cellular immunity; 

S -- Syndrome: the set of diseases that signal the 
diagnosis. 

There appears to be three catagories of expres- 
sion of HIV infection. It has been illustrated by a 
pyramid to present an idea of population 
proportions. 




AIDS PYRAMID 



Today: over 50,000 people have AIDS 
1,000,000 - 2,000.000 are infected with 
the AIDS virus 

1991: over 270.000 people will have AIDS 



Acquired Immunodeficiency 
Syndrome (AIDS) 

At the top of the pyramid, AIDS is the most 
severe HIV infection. In this disease, a patient's 



immune system becomes so compromised that he 
or she becomes susceptible to certain malignan- 
cies or opportunistic infections (that is, infec 
tions that would not be a threat to persons with 
normal immune function, but will infect those 
with immune dysfunction). These include certain 
cancers, parasitic and fungal infections. 

The symptoms of AIDS are often nonspecific 
and could be like those of a cold or the flu. 
However, the symptoms usually do not go away. 
They include: 

• Prolonged fatigue not due to physical 
activity or other disease. 

• Unexplained swollen glands of longer than 
three months duration. 

• Persistent fevers or night sweats. 

• Unexplained weight loss of more than ten 
pounds during a period of less than two 
months. 

• Recent purplish or discolored lesions of the 
skin or mucous membranes that do not go 
away and gradually increase in size. 

• A persistent unexplained cough. 

• A thick, whitish, hairy coating on the 
tongue or in the throat. 

• Easy bruising or unexplained bleeding. 

The incubation period (the time between 
becoming infected and actually developing signs 
of disease) for AIDS can be quite long. In some 
cases, people have developed AIDS five or more 
years after they were thought to have been in- 
fected. We currently do not know how long some 
of the "infected well" may go at maximum before 
developing symptoms. Of those who develop AIDS, 
most die from their disease within two years. 
Although some have survived for as long as five 
years, it is too early to say if these people will 
become ill again. 

There is currently no cure for AIDS, although 
most of the "opportunistic" infections are 
treatable. Several experimental drugs are being 
tested both in Europe and the United States. Cur- 
rently, only one is approved for use. It seems only 
to prolong survival. Hopes are that some of these 
drugs can be used in early stages of symptoms to 
prevent developing more severe AIDS infections. 



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17 



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AIDS-Related Complex (ARC) 

There are many conditions that do not result in 
AIDS but are caused by infection with HIV. Physi- 
cians call these conditions ARC (AIDS-Related 
Complex). (See middle of the pyramid illustrated) 
These symptoms may be chronic swollen glands, 
chronic diarrhea, and weight loss. When with 
these symptoms a person goes on to develop a 
threatening opportunistic infection, they have 
AIDS. 

Asymptomatic Infection 

The bottom of the pyramid represents the in- 
fected well. Most people infected with HIV have not 
developed any symptoms. These are called asymp- 
tomatic infections and occur with all viruses; AIDS 
is no exception. The estimate is that over one 
million persons in the United States have been 
infected with the HIV virus. The number of 
these infected well who ultimately go on to develop 
AIDS or ARC can only be determined by long-term 
follow-up studies of persons exposed to the virus. 

Who are the people being infected with HIV? 
Over 90 percent of them include: 

• Gay and bisexual men with multiple 
partners 

• Male and female IV drug users who share 
needles and syringes 

• Female sexual partners of males at risk for 
AIDS 

In hi-risk areas, such as New York City, AIDS has 
become a leading cause of death for young women 
due to IV drug abuse and prostitution. 

Casual contact including hugging, 

shaking hands, social kissing, 

crying, coughing or sneezing 

will not transmit the virus. 

Other groups at risk are: 

• Infants born to parents who are at risk for 
AIDS 

• Persons who received infected blood or 
blood products in the past before it was 
screened or treated. 

About 1 percent of the AIDS cases occured in pa- 
tients with hemophilia. (Tests became positive in the 
majority during 1981-1983.) Now 50-70 percent of 
hemophiliacs have HIV antibodies. Only 2 percent 
have developed AIDS. Since 1985 blood products 
have been heat-treated and tested. 

Frequent questions arise about this virus. Is it like 
a cold or flu virus that many people get easily from 
others' coughing or sneezing, such as chickenpox 
or measles? No. It is infectious, but not in the same 
manner. 



It is contagious in the same way that sexually 
transmitted diseases such as syphilis and gonor- 
rhea are contagious. It can also be spread through 
the sharing of intravenous drug needles and syr- 
inges used for injecting illicit drugs. 

AIDS is not spread by common, everyday 
contact, but by intimate sexual contact. Because 
the first cases of AIDS were reported in this coun- 
try in 1981, we would know by now if the virus was 
passed by casual, non-sexual contact. 

Although the HIV virus has been isolated in a 
very low percentage of samples from human 
saliva, sweat, and tears, there is no documented 
case of transmission occuring through exposure 
to these fluids and it is usually not possible to find 
the virus in the saliva of persons known to have 
the virus in their blood. AIDS infection is not 
spread in air, food, water, urine, feces, or by close 
nonsexual contact such as shaking hands, 
coughing, hugging, sneezing or sharing eating 
utensils. 

The best evidence against casual transmission 
comes from studies of brothers and sisters of 
children with AIDS. Most of these young people 
have shared food and drinks, used the same eating 
utensils and toothbrushes, slept together in the 
same beds, fought and wrestled, cuddled and 
kissed. In many cases it was not known for a con- 
siderable period of time that anyone in the family 
was infected and no special precautions were 
taken. Regardless, none of these children have 
developed AIDS or shown evidence of HIV infec- 
tion as a result of contacts with their ill sibling. 

In studies of over 300 household contacts, not 
one person (other than a sexual contact or a child 
born to an infected parent) has developed AIDS or 
become infected with HIV as a result of living with 
a person with AIDS. While no study can prove that 
household spread never occurs, the fact that it has 
yet to happen indicates that the risk, if any, is ex- 
tremely small. 

Main issues of transmission of the virus appear 
to be sexual transmission and sharing of dirty IV 
needles. Small percentages of transmission are 
found through placental transmission and breast 
milk. These numbers are increasing due to in- 
fected mothers. Other modes of transmission in 
the past have been organ transplantation, and 
blood transfusions before Mav 1985. 

AIDS is less readily transmitted sexually than 
many other sexually transmitted diseases. Some 
are exposed many times and still not infected. 
However, others are infected after only one or two 
enounters. There are some theorized factors in 
susceptibility. One is the degree of infectiousness 
of the carrier. The virus appears to be 
characteristically more potent in concentrated 
form. The more an immune system is bombarded 
with the virus, perhaps the more likely one is to 
become infected. Thus, the second factor may be 



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repeated exposure. A third possibility is the 
general state of health of the exposed persons. This 
may include whether other disease is present, or 
whether the immune system is already impaired 
or compromised by drugs or disease. 

In the cases of health care workers developing 
positive HIV tests, several intense studies have 
been done. In those who have no other risk factors, 
intense mucosa exposure to blood and body fluids 
through splashing, spills, or through direct 
inoculation by needle punctures have been the 
source of exposure. Most of these incidents were 
avoidable with proper precautions. 

What about the small percentages of cases listed 
by Center for Disease Control as "no risk iden- 
tified"? The general public often assumes that 
these people were infected from toilet seats, food, 
etc, or other as yet unrecognized means of 
transmission. In fact, there is no evidence of this. 
It is suggested that most of these persons have risk 
factors that they may be unwilling to admit or ac- 
cept. Given the intensely uncomfortable subjects 
of homosexuality and drug abuse, is that hard to 
understand? A minority may have been unwitting- 
ly exposed by sexual partners who had risk fac- 
tors of which they are unaware. Others have moved 
away and been lost to studies and others have died 
before interviewing was complete. The fact that 
this particular number has remained low and fair- 
ly stable helps to exclude the possibility of 
transmission by casual contact. 

Testing for HIV antibodies in the blood is en- 
couraged for anyone who feels that they might 
have been at risk. Testing does not bring with it 
a promise of cure. It also must be remembered that 
the HIV test is not: 

• a test for AIDS 

• a prediction of future illness with AIDS or 
related conditions' 

• a measure of immunity to, or protection 
from the virus 

• a reflection of ability to transmit the virus 
to others 

• an accurate test for the presence of the 
virus. 

Testing can influence important decisions in an in- 
dividual's life. If there are concerns about 
transmission to a spouse or an expected infant, or 
pregnancy, it's an important test. The most impor- 
tant consideration is to encourage risk-reduction 
behaviors and improved health habits. 

There is an incubation period after exposure of 
two weeks to six months during which antibodies 
may appear in the blood. The majority will have 
a positive test in two to three months. Several fac- 
tors lend weight to the accuracy of a test. Obvious- 
ly, truthfulness regarding historical behaviors with 
sexual practice and drug use are vital. Testing 
becomes a focal point of encouraging change in 



those particular areas. At this point we must 
assume that a positive test indicates past exposure 
to the HIV virus. We also assume that the in- 
dividual, will be infected for life and able to 
transmit the virus through blood and other body 
fluids. Individuals who test postive are encouraged 
to have a baseline physical exam, to cultivate 
health-building habits, to avoid heavy stress, to 
maintain certain vaccines/immunizations, and 
avoid exposure to some illnesses. They should 
agree not to donate blood and body organs. 

Absolutely nothing is more 

important than adequate 

handwashing facilities 

with soap and water 

Many testing centers are now available with cer- 
tified counselors to help clients sort out their ques- 
tions and anxieties regarding AIDS. Confidentiali- 
ty and even anonymity for testing is utilized as the 
client wishes in most cases. Exceptions might be 
where mandatory testing is instituted. In some 
places, testing is free, but not everywhere. Most 
testing places require pre-test counseling to be 
done. 

Recommendations for the Church 

How do we "handle" the HIV-positive person in 
the church? The AIDS patient? The AIDS baby or 
child in the nursery? Policies should be in place. 
The unexpected will happen. The question is 
"when"? 

Transmission of the virus would necessitate ex- 
posure of open cuts to the blood or body fluids of 
an infected person. Casual contact including hug- 
ging, shaking hands, social kissing, crying, 
coughing or sneezing will not transmit the virus. 
AIDS is not contracted from sharing bed linens, 
towels, cups, straws, dishes, or any other eating 
utensils. AIDS is not transmitted from toilets, 
doorknobs, telephones, office machinery, or 
household furniture. AIDS is not "caught" from 
non-sexual body contact. 

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) of Atlan- 
ta, Georgia has recommended that "universal 
precautions" be instituted when there is potential 
contact with body fluids. Absolutely nothing is 
more important than adequate handwashing 
facilities with soap and water. Proper handwashing 
is essential. It may be suggested that a box of 
disposable latex gloves be available for body fluid 
spills such as vomiting and diarrhea and perhaps 
changing diapers. Plastic trash bags help to 
minimize handling of soiled linens or paper pro- 
ducts. All of these precautions are hopefully 

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already in place in every church nursery. C.D.C. 
recommends simple, but effective, procedures for 
clean-ups that are being implemented in schools 
and other institutions. The AIDS virus is very 
fragile and transmission outside of high risk 
behaviors is considered negligible. Guidelines are 
available from local health departments or AIDS 
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Jennie Sholly, R.N., B.A., C.F.N.P. is a graduate ofBronson Hospital 
School of nursing in Kalamazoo. MI: Bachelor of Arts in Sociology 
from Adrian College, Adrian, MI: and National Certification as a 
Family Nurse Practitioner, Frontier Nursing Service School of Mid- 
wifery and Nurse Practitioners, Hyden, KY. She is licensed in 
Michigan as a social work technician. Mrs. Sholly is currently 
employed by the District Health Department of Branch. Hillsdale, 
and St. Joseph Counties in Michigan. She coordinates sexually 
transmitted disease clinics and investigation for the tri-county 
region. She is also a State Certified AIDS counselor, maintaining 
their local HIV/AIDS confidential/anonymous testing center. Jen- 
nie is the wife of John J. Sholly, a pastor and 1972 graduate of 
Grace Theological Seminary. 



Centers for Disease Control: ■■Classification System for HTLV-III/LAV 
Infectionr Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report 35:334-39. 23 May 
1986. 

Centers for Disease Control: Recommendations for Prevention of HIV 
Transmission in Health-Care Settings." Morbidity and Mortality Weekly 
Report 36: 5S-6S. 9S-12S. 21 August 1987. 

Centers for Disease Control: "Recommendations for Preventing 
Transmission of Infection with Human T-lymphotrophic Virus Type 
III/Lymphadenopathy-associated Virus in the Workplace." Morbidity 
and Mortality Weekly Report 34:681-86. 691-95. 15 November 1985. 

Centers for Disease Control: "Update - Acquired Immunodeficiency 
Syndrome - United States." Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report 
Supplement. 36:522-526. 14 August 1987. 

Department of Labor. "Joint Advisory Notice: Department of 
Labor/Department of Health and Human Services: HBV/HIV." Federal 
Register 52:41819-41820. 30 October 1987. 

Fisher. Evelyn J., M.D. "Aids Update." Henry Ford Hospital Medical 
Journal. 52:8-9, 1987. 

Koop, C.E.: "Surgeon General's Report on Acquired Immune Deficien- 
cy Syndrome" US DHHS. October. 1986. 36 pp. 

Saah. Alfred, J.. M.D, M.RH. "Serologic Tests For Immunodeflcleny 
Virus (HIV)." AIDS: Information on AIDS for the Practicing Physician 
-- American Medical Association. 2:11-14. 



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community? If your church has a program that 
reaches out to AIDS victims or has a special 
ministry or uplifting testimony, please share it 
with us. 

Does your church have a Crisis Pregnancy Pro- 
gram or a unique community service? Do you 
have a special way of reaching out to the older or 
younger members of your congregation or com- 
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FEATURED SPEAKERS: 

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Alan Read 

Ed Waken 
Garth Lindelef 
Ron Thompson 

This is NOT just for preachers, but for 
the laity as well. Don't miss this oppor- 
tunity to turn back to your First Love - 
Sharing the life changing message of 
Jesus Christ. 

For registration and information call 

Brethren Evangelistic Ministries 

703/563-9944 

or 

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Editor's Note: For more information, read the article on page 
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HOME MISSIONS 



Profile of a Church Planter 



by Robert W. Thompson 




There are similarities between 
church planting and lifeguarding. 



The story is told of the young man applying for 
the summer lifeguard's job. The examiner was im- 
pressed and was on the verge of giving him the job 
when he remembered to ask, "Can you swim?" 
The young man replied, "No, but I can wade just 
about anywhere." 

I'm afraid the response from many of our church 
planting applicants is a great deal like that of the 
aspiring young lifeguard. They tend to have more 
enthusiasm than a thorough understanding of 
what is required. It is not necessarily a highly 
sophisticated task, but it does require specific 
skills. One cannot simply "wade" in hoping that 
things will turn out right. This is not to suggest 
that many of these applicants would not do well 
in other fields of ministry, as they most assuredly 
would. Church planting demands at least three 
elementary qualities without which the effort will 
undoubtedly falter and very likely fail. 

There are similarities between church planting 
and lifeguarding. Both are occupied with rescuing 
those who are in danger of losing their lives. In- 
itially, the role calls for a deep and abiding com- 
passion for those in imminent danger. Such a 
quality should characterize every believer, but un- 
fortunately, that isn't so. This compassion is ex- 
pressed in evangelism. It means an appreciation 
for everyone, regardless of their status in life. It 



has been my observation, as one who finds himself 
at home on the beaches of Southern California, 
that lifeguards respond to the cry of "help!" 
without regard for race, color, or social standing! 
Their commitment is based solely on the need of 
the moment. The more experienced guards spot 
the one in trouble often before the individual is 
aware of the impending danger. 

The location of the beach determines the kind 
of people that comprise the crowd. Every area is 
different in its compostion. Even the surf dictates 
the methods of lifesaving. Whatever the method, 
it is the rescue that counts. 
Rescue the perishing, care for the dying. 
Snatch them in pity from sin and the grave; 
Weep o'er the erring one, Lift up the fallen 
Tell them of Jesus the mighty to save. 
The second most important overlay in this com- 
position of a church planter is most evident in 
those committed to rescue work. It is his utter 
disregard for personal safety. He must be a "Risk 
Taker." Only a few are willing to take whatever risk 
is necessary to achieve great goals. Most of us are 
arm chair heros or Monday morning quarterbacks! 
Too many waste time in weighing all the options 
and figuring the percentages, but risk takers see 
only the objectives and the opportunity of the mo- 
ment. They are motivated by the goal. Someone 



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has said that risks must never be taken simply on 
the possibility of success or failure, but rather they 
should be taken in the light of their consequential 
effect for good. 

Church planting is a risky business. There are no 
guarantees beyond the promises of God. This should 
be sufficient for a child of God, but often our per- 
sonal objectives are so super-imposed upon the will 
of God we miss the blessing of success even when 
it comes our way. The visible results viewed purely 
from a personal perspective can leave us 
discouraged, but God has the whole plan in mind: 

It will be worth it all when we see Jesus 

Life's trials will seem so small when we see 
Him 

One glimpse at His dear face All sorrows will 
erase 

So bravely run the race, Till we see Him. 

A large number of young top executives were a 
part of a recent survey by Fortune magazine. They 
were asked what single element played the greatest 
part in their success. Ninety percent responded with 
the rather startling answer - "WORK!" This was not 
surprising to me for I have observed through the 
years that this factor, as much as any other plays 
an important part in the equation of success. It must 
be included as one of the three basic qualities in our 
profile of a Church Planter. 

Church planting 
is risky business. 

If it is true, we must ask why many hard workers 
never seem to get ahead. I would not presume to 
know all the reason for this, but obviously it is not 
just quantity. Ed Jackson, Eastern Director for 
Grace Brethren Home Missions, proposes that the 
answer may lie in "working smarter, not harder." 
There are no short cuts to success and most of the 
victories are achieved commensurate with expended 
energy Anyone who has observed a lifeguard after 
a dangerous rescue, lying prostrate in the sand gasp- 
ing for breath, realizes that pure energy plays an im- 
portant part in the process of rescue. No different 
is the church planter with a multitude of tasks to 
be done and only a few (or perhaps none) to help. 
It means up early and up late! 

Perhaps you are thinking that only a superman 
should apply. That's exactly what it takes, but then 
the entire project is a supernatural undertaking. 
God is pleased, however, to use ordinary men. 

Admiral Halsey touched on this subject in 
referring to the many heroic deeds he had observed 
during his long and brilliant career as a naval officer. 
"There really are no great men, just great challenges 
and ordinary men that are forced to accept them." 
Paul gave us the Biblical explanation. "... see your 



calling, Brethren, how that not many wise men 
after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, 
are called: but God has chosen the weak things of 
the world to confound the things which are mighty 
. . . but of Him are ye in Christ Jesus ..." 
(I Cor. 1:26-30) 




For more than 25 years. Robert W. Thompson 
has been a part of Grace Brethren Church planting. 
He was instrumental in beginning the Grace 
Brethren Church at Westminster, CA and has 
serued on the staff of Grace Brethren Home 
Missions since 1965 and since 1985. he has been 
its Executive Director. 



HOME MISSIONS NEWS 

Millersburg Has Record Sunday 

The new Grace Brethren Church at Millersburg, 
OH set a record the last Sunday in January. They 
had 87 people in the morning worship service. 

"We also had our first '5th Sunday Carry-In Meal,'" 
adds Pastor Chuck Thornton. "It was a great time 
of fellowship." 

The congregation presently meets in a rented 
church building, but they are looking forward to the 
day when they will have their own facility. 

The church has consistently grown since it was 
founded more than a year ago. The members are 
now focusing on another phase of reaching their 
community for Christ. 

"On February 1, I met with six men for our first 
TIMothy (Training In Ministry) Group" notes the 
pastor. "We're training for leadership in evangelistic 
home Bible studies." 




New Van 

Thanksgiving Day was truly a day of thanksgiving 
at the Victory Mountain Chapel in Dryhill, KY. Two 
days before, Pastor Sam Baer had picked up the new 
van which was purchased as a result of gifts from 
Christians nationwide. On Thanksgiving Day, the 
Baer family and their dinner guests gathered around 
the van for this picture. Thanks to all who con- 
tributed toward this vital project! 



RALD/ March 15, 1988 



23 



HOME MISSIONS 



Meeting Needs, 

Sharing the Gospel 



One Sunday morning, I challenged our young 
congregation here in Bradenton. Florida to be ac- 
tively involved in helping reach our community for 
Christ. I urged them to think of new ways in which 
they could make contacts and touch the lives of peo- 
pleneeding Christ. I emphasized that everyone be- 
ing involved in outreach would bring the blessing 
of God upon our church family for their willingness 
to share. 




Charlie and Linda Mitchell went home and 
discussed the challenge. The next day, they went to 
the grocery store and bought five bushel baskets of 
basic foods. At a Christian bookstore, they bought 
five Bibles and placed one in each basket. 



by Lester E. Pifer 




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Charlie and Linda Mitchell 

On Tuesday, Linda called and asked me for sug- 
gestions as to where they could take them. That 
evening, the three of us drove to the other side of 
Bradenton to the home of a young couple. Because 
the husband was unemployed and had just 
undergone alcoholic treatment, we took two baskets. 
Here was an unsaved family of three, with no church 
relationship, no job, and in great need. 

I wish I had taken my camera to record the ex- 
pression of delight that came into that home. The 
young mother, with tears streaming down her 
cheeks, grabbed Charlie, then Linda, and hugged 
them. The impact of this spontaneous expression 
of love to Charlie and Linda was heartwarming. 

The young man told us they had just decided the 
night before they were going to start attending 
church and the first money they would accumulate 
would be spent on a Bible. I had the opportunity to 
read the Word and share the plan of salvation. After 
a time of prayer, we left that little home with a new 
feeling of love for the lost. 

My wife, Genny, and I have gone back several 
times and are happy to see this couple getting 
started in a new relationship with the Lord. 

The value of this demonstration of love was three- 
fold. First, it met a material need. Second, it was an 
opportunity to share the message of Christ. Third, 
it got one couple involved touching lives with the 
Gospel. It is a ministry that all Christians can share. 

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Pastor on Field 



"At long last we are in residence, though not as 
we expected!" says Pastor Don Buckingham, of the 
Grace Brethren Church of Greater Lafayette, IN. 

"After the buyers of our home in Warsaw (IN) had 
been declined by three mortgage companies, we 
arranged to lease our house to them while they 
continued to seek local financing," he adds. 

The Buckinghams had hoped to move to 
Lafayette last summer to begin the new Grace 
Brethren work there. However, since their house 
had not sold, they commuted each weekend, driv- 
ing the hour and a half distance each way 

The rental arrangement freed the family to move 
to Lafayette, so they asked the Lord to provide a 
home they could lease which would meet their 
needs as church planters and at a rate they could 
afford. 

"He immediately and abundantly provided in an 
unexpected way!" Don exclaims. "Within three 
days, we were introduced to a Chinese gentleman 
(and a professor at Purdue University) who owns 



rental property in West Lafayette. He leased his 
former home to us for about $200 a month under 
the prevailing rental rates! We did not expect to so 
quickly find a house to lease (because of the small 
number of rental properties available), to be in 
such a nice area of town for such a low price, or 
to make a contact in the Chinese community here 
on such a favorable basis!" 

The pastor goes on. "God's good provision 
always exceeds our greatest expectations when we 
patiently wait upon Him. David testifies: 'My soul, 
wait silently for God alone, for my expectation is 
from Him . . . He only is my rock and my salva- 
tion; He is my defense; I shall not be shaken' 
(Psalm 62:5,6)." 

And in the excitement of finally getting located 
on the field, came another blessing, says Don. 

"We learned from our buyers in Warsaw that 
they finally received financial commitment from 
a local lender! We anticipate closing on the sale of 
our home the first week in February!" 



GBHMC, GBIF 
Employees Recognized 



A mid-winter luncheon at the home of GBHMC 
executive director. Bob Thompson, and his wife 
Betty, recognized eight employees for their years 
of service. Each was given a certificate and a gift 
in appreciation for their work. 

Florence Figert, a secretary at the Grace 
Brethren Investment Foundation was recognized 
for 30 years of service. She came to work for Grace 
Brethren Home Missions in March, 1957 and later 
transferred to the GBIF. 

Cashel Taylor, who works with processing in- 
formation for the GBHMC, was honored for the 25 
years she has worked in the office. However, her 
years of service go further. She first came to work 
for the Council in June, 1946 and worked full time 
until December, 1952. She returned in March, 
1955 and worked until December, 1957, then took 
off to be with her family. In early 1970, she return- 
ed to work part time and rejoined the full time staff 
in April, 1971. 

Recognized for more than 20 years of service 



were Wanita Ogden, bookkeeper for the GBIF; 
Bob Thompson, executive director; and Marilyn 
Orlando, secretary at the GBHMC. Wanita was 
hired in September, 1963 and has worked with the 
GBHMC continuously with the exception of one 
year. Bob joined the Council as western director 
in August, 1966, moving to Winona Lake three 
years ago to assume the executive director posi- 
tion. Marilyn has served with the council since 
October, 1966. 

Walter Fretz, director of the Grace Brethren In- 
vestment Foundation was recognized for 16 years 
service. He joined the staff in July, 1971. 

Junie Scofield, the pleasant voice who answers 
the phones at the Missions Building, was honored 
for 12 years of service. She came on staff in May, 
1975. 

Larry Chamberlain, assistant executive direc- 
tor of the Council, was recognized for 10 years of 
service. In July, 1977, he came to work for the 
Council as an accountant. 



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GBC CHRISTIAN EDUCATION 



SMM 

Celebrates 

75 

Years 




When Mary Bauman started a discipleship ministry with 
some of the girls from the Philadelphia First Brethren 
Church, she prayed that God would impact these girls . 
. . that perhaps some would even become future mis- 
sionaries. But little did she know that the seeds she planted 
would grow into a national ministry in 1913 and touch 
thousands of girls during its 75 year history. 

Mrs. Bauman, wife of Pastor Louis S. Bauman, had a 
burden for teaching girls how to live godly lives. She also 
had a burden for missions. These two concerns meshed 
in a girls' ministry called, "the Sisterhood of Mary and Mar- 
tha." The 1913 covenant challenged girls to "make offer- 
ings of prayer, time, and money to the end that the 
daughters of sorrow in every land may know the love of 
Jesus." 

Seventy-five years has brought many changes to this 
ministry. The CE ministry now stands for "Serving My 
Master" and the focus is more appropriately stated, "The 
purpose of SMM is to equip girls to live godly lives in an 
ungodly world and to reach the world for Christ." Ongo- 
ing revisions in the program continue to make SMM rele- 
vant to the needs of girls while keeping an evangelistic 
and missions thrust. 

Today's SMM offers a club-type ministry for girls in grades 
1-6. The weekly meeting is structured to include games, 
Bible and missions stories, and goal review to help girls 
work on character growth as well as develop talents and 
skills. Scripture memory and Bible reading are also 
disciplines developed and challenged through goals. At 
least four times a year a "Mom's Night" brings mothers 
or special friends into the weekly meeting. An evangelistic 
activity called, "The Main Event," also occurs quarterly 
and gives girls a special opportunity to bring friends. 

At the junior high and high school levels, SMM offers 
a strategy and programming for further discipleship and 
leadership training. An emphasis on character growth and 
skill development continues with specific goals. 

For 75 years, missions has been an important compo- 
nent of each age level. In addition to studying about Grace 
Brethren missionaries, the girls pray for missionaries and 
correspond, often make sewing kits or other projects that 
help missionaries, and give money through weekly offer- 
ings to help supply missionaries with evangelistic materials 
or other needed resources. 



Another element of SMM that has not changed is the 
underlining passion of women teaching and training girls 
how to live godly lives. All the resources and ideas pro- 
vided by GBC Christian Education for this ministry are 
simply tools to help women accomplish Titus 2:3-5 with 
the girls in their church. 

CE Staff Meets I 

With Scripture Press I 

Several members of the CE staff were briefed last month 
on the fall revisions scheduled for Scripture Press Publica- 
tions. One of the largest Sunday school curriculum 
publishers, Scripture Press has planned a repackaging of 
their children's curriculum. New artwork, activity sheets, 
and teacher resources are part of the revisions for each 
age group. New student's books and teaching material 
for pre-school through junior levels will be available for 
church use beginning September, 1988. The new material 
looks great and is designed to attract and hold the atten- 
tion of children. CE has endorsed Scripture Press curriculum 
and highly recommends it to Grace Brethren churches. 

The Ultimate Conference 
For Twenties 



A new conference is now 
available for singles in their 
twenties. Aptly named "Twen- 
ties," the conference will be held 
at the Gateway Plaza Holiday 
Inn in La Mirada, California, on 
July 30-August 5, 1988. Special 
speakers and musicians will in- 
clude Ken Poure, Al Holley, and 
Kenny Marks. The conference is 
held in conjunction with the 
Brethren National Youth 
Conference. 




Ken Poure 



CE Prayer Requests for April 

1. Pray for key speakers, Frank and Mary Tillapaugh, Ed Ten- 
ner, and Dann Spader, as they challenge and enrich attenders 
at Ridgecrest '88, a conference for pastors, associates, youth 
workers, and women in ministry, April 4-8, 1988. 

2. Pray for Ed Lewis and his administrative assistant, Joyce 
Willsey as they finalize leaders and details for Operation Barn- 
abas, June 16-July 29. Pray that vehicle needs will be secured 
for the two Southern California teams. Pray for the 57 young 
people as they prepare for this ministry. 

3. Pray for these TIME workers: Dave and Tina Watkins (Alex- 
andria, Virginia GBC), and Craig and Marlene Byers (Leesburg, 
Indiana GBC) serving at the Brethren Navajo Mission; Penny 
Schroeder (Northwest Chapel GBC, Dublin, Ohio) serving in 
Spain; and Madelyne Underwood (East Side GBC, Blacklick, 
Ohio) serving in Germany. 



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Living in the DMZ | 

by Edward W. Waken 



There he was, in the DMZ (Demilitarized Zone). 
He did not want to move. All around him he heard 
both sides of the battle trying to enlist his services. 
"Use our method." "No, use our method, it's bet- 
ter than theirs." "Ours gets more results." "Ours 
is Biblical." "No, ours is Biblical." "STOP!" cried 
the man, "I'll just stay here and watch." He knows 
he should share his faith, but he is confused as to 
how he should do it, so he sits and watches others 
evangelize. That is living in the evangelistic DMZ! 
On the one side of this evangelistic DMZ, a group 
can be seen that has been successful, yet limits 
its number of followers by the expertise it takes to 
follow their method. In this group one must have 
the answers to all possible questions and theories 
that can be presented before he can effectively 
make disciples. One must destroy the belief system 
of the listeners and find it void of all possibilities. 
It is at this point a person can share with his 
listener the good news of what Jesus has done for 
him. Again, this method has had and will continue 
to have success. The followers of this method, 
though, will always be limited because of the time, 
effort and energy required to implement it 
effectively. 

On the other side of the evangelistic DMZ there 
is a totally different group. This group has had 
equal success combined with much popularity in 
encouraging people to share their faith. In this 
camp it can be seen that the emphasis is on 
developing relationships with people. This method 
teaches that by developing relationships one gains 
the privilege of sharing his faith openly and free- 
ly over the course of time spent with another 
individual. 

Over the past several years many have followed 
this second method of evangelism. However, as 
these relationships are being developed, 
evangelism often times is not! In this method it is 
possible for people to be caught up so much with 
the relationships they are enjoying, that they 
forget to evangelize. This forgetfulness can be 
caused by the fear of destroying the relationship 
if an attempt is made to share Christ. This method 
also relies heavily on the importance of winning 
the respect of an individual before one can effec- 
tively share his faith with him. With this in mind, 
it can tend to eliminate any spontaneous prompt- 
ing by the Holy Spirit for a believer to share his 
faith with any person whose heart has been 
prepared for harvest. 



With these two successful, yet limited and 
radically different methods of evangelism, it is no 
wonder that one finds many Christians today liv- 
ing in the evangelistic DMZ. They are so confused 
as to "which method" to use in telling people 
about their faith, they simply choose to stay out 
of the battle. They are fearful that no matter which 
method they do use, they will not follow the for- 
mula correctly, and thereby fail! With this fear in 
their minds, they decide to leave evangelism to the 
professional communicator, pastor or evangelist. 
Here, in the evangelistic DMZ, they may find the 
pseudo peace of not being in a battle, but they are 
then faced with the problem of disobeying Scrip- 
ture (I Corinthians 9:16, James 4:17). 

So how do people free themselves from this 
evangelistic DMZ? By being given the freedom of 
knowing that at the moment of one's own conver- 
sion, God gives each new convert the natural 
spiritual capacity to handle eternal truths ade- 
quately in a way that is adjusted according to the 
needs of the listener. One no longer needs to be 
tied to one specific method of evangelism. The 
methods of communication are multiplied as; 
many times as there are people willing to par- 
ticipate in evangelizing the lost at any given 
moment. 

This is the basis for what is being taught across 
America in seminars called First Love Renewals. 
First Love Renewal is sponsored by Brethren 
Evangelistic Ministries and has been used of God 
as a freeing agent to believers, encouraging them 
to share their faith naturally in the power of the 
Holy Spirit. The response to these renewals has I 
been beyond expectation. (To find out more about i 
First Love Renewal, contact BEM). First Love 
Renewal is not a technique of pressure or coercion 
to make believers evangelize. It is an urgent call ! 
to all Christians to return to their first love of Jesus 
Christ, which in turn motivates them to "join the 
battle," excited to tell others about their Savior, 
forever leaving the evangelistic DMZ behind them. 




Edward W. Waken is the Associate Pastor ofCE 
at Community Grace Brethren Church of Long 
Beach. CA and the coordinator of First Love 
Renewals. 



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FELLOWSHIP NEWS 



FELLOWSHIP NEWS 



Mortgage Burning 

WAHIAWA, HI -- On January 24, the 
Waipio, GBC celebrated the paying 
off of their mortgage with a special 
afternoon service. In a tent, erected 
over a portion of the parking lot and 
in the midst of beautiful decorations, 
were testimonies, special music, and 
the burning of a copy of the mortgage. 




L to r: Former Pastor Foster Tresise, Ernest 
Shimizu, Financial Secretary and Pastor Dave 
Mitchell. 

A unique part of the celebration 
was a Hawaiian Luau in which a pig 
was cooked in the ground Hawaiian 
style. This took several days and 
many long hours to prepare, but the 
purpose, the fellowship and the bless- 
ings from God made it all worthwhile. 




Retrieving the cooked pig . . . 

The church has established a 
Weightlifting Fellowship for the pur- 
pose of bringing men together for 
fellowship and exercise. 

The church has a unique way of 
keeping their attendance in the low 
100s. In the last several years, they 
have had from their church: a young 
man as a chaplain in Germany, a 
family serving as missionaries in 
Papua, New Guinea, a family at 
Grace preparing for the ministry, a 
family serving full-time with 



Missionary Tech, a family preparing to 
leave for more training with a goal of 
being missionaries to the Philippines, 
a young man serving full-time with 
Campus Crusade, and a former 
member studying at Moody Aviation 
School with a goal of becoming a 
missionary pilot to Brethren 
missionaries. 




Left to right: Randy Senas, Michael 
Oshiro, Jeff Schneider and Pastor Dave 
Mitchell. 



"It is hard on one hand to see 
these key people leave," according to 
Pastor Dave Mitchell, "but on the 
other it is a blessing to be a part of 
their ministry. May God continue to 
send forth laborers and may we be 
allowed to keep sending them." 

LaMesa Grace Brethren Church, 

Rio Rancho, NM, is the new work 
begun after the closing of the GBC in 
Albuquerque. Their mailing address 
is P.O. Box 15863, 87174. Lee Friesen, 
pastor. 

Kent, WA, The Grace Brethren 
Church of Kent will have a 20th an- 
niversary celebration on May 15, 1988. 
All former members and interested 
parties are invited to attend or send 
a written greeting. A carry-in dinner 
and program will follow the morning 
service. 



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HARRAH, WA -- Four musicians 
received special recognition during 
the evening service of January 17. 
Four ladies, with a total of 102 years 
of combined musical ministry, were 
given presentation plaques in ap- 
preciation for their contribution to 
the music program of the church. 
Those honored were: Julie 
Smithwick, forty-five years of 
piano/organ ministry; Pat Morrell, 
for thirty-two years of vibra- 
harp/piano ministry; Esther 
Rockwell, for ten years of organ 
ministry; and Bonnie Schilperoort, 
for five years of piano/organ ministry. 

Music director Robert Rowe was 
also honored for his multi-music 
ministries in the church. He serves 
as song leader, choir director, music 
co-ordinator, provides special music, 
and is advisor to a singing group, 
called "Destiny." 

At the same service, the ar- 
chitect's plans for the new church 
facility were presented to the con- 
gregation. Ground-breaking is 
scheduled for October 1. 

JAMES MARSHALL is retiring from 
the active ministry after serving as 
pastor for a number of years in the 
Sinking Spring, OH GBC. 

LONG BEACH, CA -- GBC Christian 
Education held their annual board of 
directors meeting on March 6-9, 
1988, at the Long Beach, CA Grace 
Brethren Church. The church hosted 
the board members and provided 
opportunities for the CE board and 
staff to interact with the Long Beach 
GBC staff. The location of the 
meeting represents CE's desire to 
hold board meetings at model 
churches and expose the CE board 
and staff to new ideas while keeping 
focus on local church ministries. 

SINKING SPRING, OH -- The Grace 
Brethren Church of Sinking Spring 
is seeking a pastor. This is an ideal 
place for a retired couple or some- 
one who could help with his support. 
A parsonage, basic utilities and 
salary offered. Anyone interested, 
please contact Rev. James B. Mar- 
shall, St. Rt. 571 W., New Vienna, 
OH 45159. 

WINONA LAKE, IN -- As a part of 
Josh McDowell's "Why Wait?" cam- 



paign, the Barna Research Group in 
Glendale, California, assisted GBC 
Christian Education in conducting a 
national survey with Grace Brethren 
youth. Here is a sampling of the 
results that relate to parent and teen 
relationships. 

1) 75% of the youth said they were 
"very close" or "fairly close" to their 
father. 89% described the same 
relationship with their mother. 



2) 51% said they "seldom" or 
"never" talk to their father about per- 
sonal concerns. 67% said they "fre- 
quently" or "occasionally" ask their 
father for advice. 

3) 87% said they "frequently" or "oc- 
casionally" felt proud of their father. 
91% felt the same way about mother. 

4) 81% said their parents "frequently" 
or "occasionally" spend time with 
them. 



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5) Only 58% said they "frequently" 
or "occasionally" did something 
special with their father that involved 
just the two of them. 53% said they 
spend less than 15 minutes each 
week talking to their father about 
things that matter to the youth. 

6) 53% said their home is a place 
where they felt secure and loved. 

The survey was conducted among 
church young people (96% Chris- 
tians) and is almost identical to a 
larger sampling of Christian 
evangelical young people. 



VISITATION DAYS 

Grace Theological Seminary's 
"Seminary for a Day" is scheduled 
April 22, with the Grace College 
"V.I. P. Day" set for April 30. The 
events are designed to give in- 
terested potential students as well as 
accepted students the opportunity to 
visit the Grace campus, observe 
classes, and talk to administrators, 
professors, and students. In addi- 
tion, accepted students will be able 
to preregister, choose a college 
dorm room, and in general get 
"settled in" at Grace. 

"Seminary for a Day" April 22 will 
feature a chapel service, remarks by 
Grace President Dr. John J. Davis, 
meetings with seminary professors, 
discussions with Registrar James 
Shipley and Director of Admissions 
Ron Henry about application and 
enrollment, a presentation by Mrs. 
Elaine Grill, a realtor, about the local 
real estate market, and a special 
question-and-answer session with 
members of the Women's Seminary 
Fellowship. 

The college's "V.I. P. Day" April 30 
also offers a chapel service, 
meetings with registrar, director of 
admissions, academic division 
heads, and professors. In addition, 
visitors who are potential Grace 
students will be housed, if they 
desire, in dormitory rooms in order 
to become better acquainted with 
Grace students and campus life. 

For more information and a bro- 
chure, call the Grace Student 
Recruitment Office, 1-800-54-GRACE 
(outside Indiana) or 1-800-845-2930 
(in Indiana), extension 5288. 



CHANGE YOUR ANNUAL 

Benjamin Collins III, 458 River Bend 
Rd., Great Falls, VA 22066. 

Dwight Cover, c/o Grace Brethren 
Church, 1111 W. Third St., Grandview, 
WA 98930. 

Earl Futch, 10304 Lollipop Ln., 
Orlando, FL 32821. 

Christopher Hay, 18850 Sarichef 
Loop, Eagle River, AK 99577. 

William Heinsman, P.O. Box 13-395, 
Taipei, Taiwan 10764, R.O.C. 

Roger Krynock, 6240 Exeter Court, 
South Bend, IN 46614. 

James Marshall, 571 St. Rt. 28W, 
New Vienna, OH 45159. 

Doyle Miller, 20526 Archwood St., 
Canoga Park, CA 91306. 

Dayne Nix, 954 Laniwai Ave., Pearl 
City, HI 96782. 

Jack Peters, 810 Larry Ave., Van- 
dal ia, OH 45377. 

Randy Smith, 2141 Crystal Dr., Fort 
Myers, FL 33907 

Gene R. Witzky, 14,381 Fox Rd., Lex- 
ington, OH 44904. 

Mishawaka GBC, Mishawaka, IN, 
4001 N. Main St., (Mailing address: 
P.O. Box 5143, 46544). 

Page 60 Secy.-Treas. for the North 
Atlantic District has been changed to: 
James Bower, P.O. Box 97, Camp Hill, 
PA 17011 (Tel. 717/763-5668). 

DEATHS 

GINGRICH, BEATRICE. She was the 

wife of Joseph Gingrich, who 
preceded her in death by a number 
of years. A memorial service was held 
on October 21, 1987 at which Pastors 
Bob Combs, Bob Moeller, and Bud 
Olszewski shared in the service. Bud 
Olszewski, pastor. 

MOYER, ROBERT W. 61 , January 3, 
1988. He was a member of the West 
Kittanning Grace Brethren Church, 
Kittanning, PA. Richard Cornwell, 
pastor. 

MARRIAGES 

ARTHUR: Tammy Taylor and 



Ernest Arthur were married at the 
Myerstown Grace Brethren Church, 
December 5, 1987, by Pastor Luke 
Kauffman. 

MARTEL: Shawn Lengel and 
Steven Martel were united in mar- 
riage on December 12, 1987, by 
Pastor Luke Kauffman. 



JOB WANTED 

Mature Christian man is seeking 
employment. Has had experience 
in management, warehousing, 
shipping/receiving and purchasing. 
Acquainted with the 16mm film 
and video business and Christian 
book business. Will relocate if 
necessary. Resume and 
references available on request. In- 
quiries may be directed to "Help 
Wanted", P.O. Box 544, Winona 
Lake, IN 46590 



Grace College Lancers, the men's 
basketball team at Grace College, 
Winona Lake, IN, had compiled a 
record of 27 wins and 4 losses as of 
February 29, 1988. They have also 
clinched the championship in the 
Mid-Central Conference. Jim Kessler 
is in his 11th year as coach of the 
Lancers. 

STILL AVAILABLE 

Copies of the full-color special 
issue of the Missionary Herald 
magazine "Introducing the Fellowship 
of Grace Brethren Churches." The 
cost is just 50* each. The magazines 
are excellent in introducing persons 
to the FGBC and also contain a salva- 
tion message. Call the Herald on the 
toll-free number to order copies - 
1-800-348-2756. (The price of 50« 
each is for church quantity orders, 
plus postage.) 



Grace Schools 
Living Memorials 

Given by: In Memory of: 

Mrs. Elnora L. Schopp 

Edward Grill 
Grace Brethren Church, Washington, PA 

Helen Pritchard 
Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Kohler 

Mr. Donald Hatton 



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Pastor 




A Worker Needs the Right Tools 
To Accomplish the Task. 



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This is true in the work of the ministry as well. One of the tools of your pastor 
is his books. A good library is a ready reference area for study and sermon 
building. Most churches do not have an allowance for this important area for 
the pastor. 

We are beginning a program to help make this possible. We call it, "Hand 
A Tool to Your Pastor." Perhaps you as an individual or your Sunday School 
Class would like to help. Possibly you have wanted to say "Thanks" to your pastor 
for something that he has done for you or your family, but you do not know what 
his specific needs are in the line of books. 

THE SOLUTION: This new Herald Bookstore Program permits you to send 
a gift in any amount. Make your check payable to the Herald Bookstore and a 
card will be sent in your name (or without, according to your wishes) notifying 
your pastor of the gift. Then he can purchase the books that meet his specific 
needs. The plan is simple and easy. 

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EDITORIAL 



The Ultimate Rejection 

by Charles W. Turner 



We are in a period of extreme 
introspection. As a bookseller, I 
find that most of the books that 
are moving off the book shelves 
today are written on the subject 
of problems. They cover internal 
problems that somehow seem to 
become external ones. 

One of these recent books lists 
14 problems on the cover and in 
192 pages gives the solution to 
each of them. Not bad when you 
consider it costs only $5.95. 
(That is without the customary 
ministerial discount.) You have to 
admit this book is a bargain with 
the answers to problems given at 
only 42V2 cents per solution. 
Some people would pay the full 
$5.95 just to find the solution to 
one of these problems! 

Temptation is one of the prob- 
lems covered in this book. Some 
of the present TV evangelists 
would have called this book a 
great bargain it if would have 
helped them overcome tempta- 
tion. Divorce is another topic 
covered for 42 1 /2*. Why not pay 
the entire $5.95 and discover the 
solution to depression, suffering, 
pain, guilt, anger, worry, disap- 
pointment, aging, dying or 
frustration? 

The author of this book also 
deals with rejection. It is a tough 
subject and it happens so often. 
I recently read about a man from 
my old home town of Akron, 
Ohio. Rejected by 176 publishers, 
Bill Gordon will get his name in 
the 1989 Guiness Book of 
Records on the basis of having 
received the most rejections in 
history. Actually, he was rejected 
217 times as some of the 
publishers rejected his 
manuscripts more than once. I 
relate to this story, because as a 
publisher I hate to reject 
manuscripts. I wait a long time 



to write to people to tell them of 
the rejection, which causes me 
much guilt. This rejection 
business is a big one. 

We experience rejection in a lot 
of realms. The spiritual realm ex- 
periences rejection as well. Con- 
gregations reject ministers at the 
time of call or years later. It 
would be very tough to be told 
you have to give up the par- 
sonage because the vote was 
32-31 and not in your favor. 

Rejection is difficult 

to deal with and 

happens so often. 

I would think the ultimate rejec- 
tion must have been to John the 
Baptist. He was a down-to-earth, 
revival-style preacher. He did not 
dress for success and probably did 
not even own a yellow tie. (That 
has been the "power tie" recent- 
ly.) He was tough on the congrega- 
tion and the leaders. He called 
them vipers, or snakes, that were 
on the run from the fire of judg- 
ment. Rejected, indeed, they cut 
off his head and carried it around 




on a platter at the big banquet 
down at the government 
building. That happened on the 
night they got drunk and the par- I 
ty really got out of hand. 

John the Baptist's murder : 
would seem to be the ultimate re- 1 
jection, but it was not. That 
came a few years later when they I 
took God's Son, Jesus Christ and I 
nailed him to the cross. They J 
laughed at him, ridiculed, beat, I 
scourged and killed him. Now I 
that is rejection. However, there j 
is a good end to that deplorable 
event. Jesus arose from the dead 
and came back to offer j 
forgiveness to His killers. Now 
that is how to handle rejection in ' 
its highest form - that is the way 
God does it. 

I'd like to share one last 
thought on rejection. Maybe, just 
maybe, the ultimate rejection is 
when a person rejects the love of 
Jesus and the grace of God. 
When he or she says, "No, 
Jesus", that person elects to face | 
the future without forgiveness. 
One day Jesus will say, "depart 
from me. I never knew you." 
That's rejection, ffl 



HERALD/ April 15, 1981 



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2 Editorial 

The Ultimate 
Rejection 

Charles W. Thrner 

4 Devotional 
Who Will Go 
and Work Today 

Raeann Hart 
6 Evangelism 

Start Next Door 

Joseph Aldrich 

8 Home Missions 

Bagpipes and 
Baptism . . . 
What Else? 

Chuck Davis 



16 Brethren Personality 

Colonel 

John Schumacher 

Raeann Hart 

19 CE 

Turn the Tide 

20 Current Christian Issues 
Image and the '80's 

Robert S. Welch 

24 Foreign Missions 

Argentina: A 
People Uprooted 
by Fear, United by 
Despair 



26 Foreign Missions 

News 



28 BEM 

Getting Hooked on 
Evangelism 

Carolyn Kerr 

29 Fellowship News 

International Day 
With God 

Dean Fetterhoff 



30 Fellowship News 



9 Home Missions 

Goals Lead To Self- 
Supporting Church 

10 Home Missions 

San Bernardino 

Goes 

Self-Supporting 



11 Home Missions 

One Ministry, 
A Team Effort 



15 WMC 

Missionaries 
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DUVUT1UINAL 



Who Will Go 
and Work Today? 



Hark, the Voice of Jesus Calling 

Daniel March, 1816-1909 

Hark, the voice of Jesus calling, 

"Who will go and work today? 
Fields are white and harvests waiting, 

Who will bear the sheaves away?" 
Loud and long the master calls you; 

Rich reward he offers free. 
Who will answer, gladly saying, 

"Here am I. Send me, send me"? 
If you cannot speak like angels, 

If you cannot preach like Paul, 
You can tell the love of Jesus; 

You can say he died for all. 
If you cannot rouse the wicked 

With the judgment's dread alarms. 
You can lead the little children 

To the Savior's waiting arms. 
If you cannot be a watchman, 

Standing high on Zion's wall, 
Pointing out the path to heaven, 

Off ring life and peace to all, 
With your prayers and with our bounties 

You can do what God demands; 
You can be like faithful Aaron, 

Holding up the prophet's hands. 
Let none hear you idly saying, 

"There is nothing I can do," 
While the multitudes are dying 

And the master calls for you. 
Take the task he gives you gladly; 

Let his work your pleasure be. 
Answer quickly when he calls you, 

"Here am I. Send me, send me!" 

When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, "I am 
the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never 
walk in darkness, but will have the light of life." 

John 8:12 

"As long as it is day, we must do the work of him who 
sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work. While 
I am in the world, I am the light of the world." 

Jesus speaking John 9:4,5 

"You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its 
saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no 
longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and 
trampled by men. 

"You are the light of the world. A city on a hill can- 
not be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put 
it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and 
it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, 
let your light shine before men, that they may see your 
good deeds and praise your Father in heaven." 

Jesus speaking Matthew 5:13-16 

ERALD/ April 15, 1988 



O God of Mercy, 
God of Light 

Godfrey Thring, 1823-1903 

O God of mercy, God of light. 

In love and mercy infinite, 
Teach us, as ever in your sight, 

To live our lives in you. 
You sent your Son to die for all 

That our lost world might hear your call; 
Oh, hear us lest we stray and fall! 

We rest our hope in you. 
Teach us the lesson Jesus taught: 

To feel for those his blood has bought. 
That every deed and word and thought 

May work a work for you. 
For all are kindred, far and wide, 

Since Jesus Christ for all has died; 
Grant us the will and grace provide 

To love them all in you. 
In sickness, sorrow, want, or care. 

Each other's burdens help us share; 
May we, where help is needed, there 

Give help as though to you. 
And may your Holy Spirit move 

All those who live to live in love 
Till you receive in heav'n above 

Those who have lived to you. 



Dear Heavenly Father, 

You have called us the light of the world. We 
realize that our actions are seen by others and they 
bear witness to you. Forgive us, Lord, when we fail 
and our actions do not give you glory. Give us 
courage and wisdom so our light will shine before 
men and they will see our good works and praise 
you. Help us not to do things with selfish motives, 
but to truly glorify you. Help us to be the preserv- 
ing, flavoring salt of the world, telling others that 
You are the light of the world. 

Lord, the temptations to seek the darkness in- 
stead of the light are great. Build up your church 
and help us to avoid temptations. Help us to live 
by the truth of your word, living in your light and 
sharing this light with others 

The fields are truly white and the harvest 

waiting. Father, you have sacrificed your son for 

us on the cross to bring us eternal life. Please help 

us to share this truth with others throughout our 

world. Help us to say to you, "Here am I, Lord. Send 

me." 

Amen 



All Scripture references from the New International Version 



5 



EVANGELISM 




You know it's God's will 

for you to tell your 

neighbor about Jesus. 

Here's one way to do it 



Visualize the neighborhood readiness for Christ. 
When I go fishing, birds are often the key to locating 
fish. Gulls will frequently circle in a particular spot 
because feeding fish are driving the small minnows 
(their dinner) to the surface. Gulls join the feeding 
frenzy and inadvertently tip off the perceptive fisher- 
man where to fish for his dinner. 

In a very real sense, the effective evangelist 
believes God's Spirit will lead him to the schooling 
fish. Our Lord has already told us the fields are white 
unto harvest. There might be Spirit-prepared peo- 
ple living close to you who are seeking answers. God 
will lead you to these people like the birds lead 
fishermen to fish - if you're looking. 

Establish a growing relationship. Ask God to 
help you learn how to get to know your neighbors. 
First, learn their names. Second, smile! If you want 
to build redemptive friendships, be friendly! Third, 
be a good listener. Discover and discuss their in- 
terests rather than your own. Fourth, take the in- 
itiative to be of help when it is appropriate. If they're 
painting their house, grab a brush! Offer to mow the 
lawn and look after the house and pets while they're 
on vacation. Do they need a babysitter? Sit for them. 

Extend an invitation to your home. Your 
goal is to advance your back-fence relationship 



toward a more significant friendship. Meals are a 
great way to do it. As a general rule, it's good to 
have a definite reason for inviting them. It may be 
simply to enjoy your new barbecue recipe or share 
homemade ice cream. Many seem to feel that if 
they have not shared their "witness" before the 
evening is over, they have failed. Not so. We saw 
one couple trust Christ after 3 years of careful 
cultivation. We probably ate together at least 30 
times. Patience does pay off. 

Give them something to read or listen to. 
Be casual about it. Put some good Christian 
literature on your coffee table. Be sure it is top quali- 
ty. Stick with books that are need-centered and have 
good graphics. Often they will pick up a book and 
start thumbing through it. If they express an in- 
terest, give it to them, or drop by later with another. 

Tapes on marriage and family relations, prophecy, 
Christian evidences, and personal testimonies can 
be powerful evangelistic tools. Be sure, however, that 
you listen to the tapes first! They should be positive 
in tone and biblically sound. 

Find an appropriate harvest vehicle. A time 
comes when it is appropriate to pray toward involv- 
ing our non-Christian friends in some type of Chris- 
tian activity. Here are some examples: evangelistic 
dinners, home Bible studies, businessmen's 
breakfasts, mayor's prayer breakfasts, Christian 
films, conferences or retreats, seminars, fishing or 
hunting trips, church sports programs, special con- 
certs, church-sponsored craft classes, neighborhood 
teas, and boys and girls Bible clubs. These harvest 
vehicles are necessary because most non-Christians 
avoid the big step from where they are to a Sunday 
morning church service. 



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EVAJMLrELISM 



Plant seeds for salvation. Your friendship may 
progress to the point where nonbelieving friends vir- 
tually ask you how to become a Christian. This is 
not uncommon, especially if you have been a good 
"seed planter." There will be opportunities during 
your friendship to communicate bits and pieces of 
both the gospel and your own personal testimony. 
Gradually direct the person to Christ. 

What a joy it is to be able 

to introduce your friends to 

a saving knowledge of Jesus. 

First, ask about his religious background. 

Second, as he discusses his religious background, 
listen carefully and patiently. Listen for under- 
standing. It is also important to listen for permis- 
sion to continue the discussion. Watch for signs of 
nervousness, wandering attention, a change of sub- 
ject, or nonverbal evidences of hostility. 

Third, eliminate caricatures of the gospel. For in- 
stance, a person might think that to become a Chris- 
tian he must give up everything he enjoys. As you 
plant seeds that eliminate caricatures, you move the 
individual closer and closer to the cross. 

Be ready to share. The final key is to be 
prepared for the harvest. We do need to be able to 
share the words of the gospel. What a joy it is to in- 
troduce your friends to a saving knowledge of Jesus. 



Action Suggestions 

1. List the neighbors that you are sure are not 
Christians. Then begin praying that God will 
lead you to develop relationships with them 
that can result in evangelism. 

2. Have a family discussion to decide what 
your household can do to win those 
neighbors to Christ. 

3. Make it a goal to do at least one thing each 
week to enhance your opportunities for 
witness with those neighbors. 

4. Make sure everyone in your family is 
familiar with a good method of explaining the 
plan of salvation. Practice on each other. 



Joseph Aldrich is president of Multnomah School of the Bible 
in Portland, Oregon. 

From the book Life-Style Evangelism by Joseph C. Aldrich, © 
1981 by Multnomah Press. Published by Multnomah Press, 
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HOME MISSIONS 



Bagpipes 

and 
Baptism . . . 

What 



Else? 




T. 



he sound of the familiar song filled the air. 

"Amazing Grace! How sweet the sound that saved 
a wretch like me!" 

The words filled my head, but the sound was dif- 
ferent - the tune was being played on the bagpipe! 

Bagpipes are not unusual at the Ocala, FL, Grace 
Brethren Church since the arrival of the Kerrs. What 
else would you expect from a family with Scottish 
heritage? 

On this beautiful April day, the sound of bagpipes 
came drifting across the swimming pool of George 
and Shirley Kerr. The church had gathered to hold 
a unique baptismal. The service was not unique in 
the use of a swimming pool -- that's common in 
Florida and other warm climates. This day, four 
generations of the Kerr family would be baptized! 

Scot Kerr was driving to work in December when 
he saw the little office building and the Ocala Grace 
Brethren Church sign. He and his wife, Susan, and 
their two children decided to visit. When they left 
the services that Sunday, they knew they had found 
a church home. 

Like the Apostle Andrew, they knew they must 
share the good news. Soon, Scot's father and mother 
and grandmother visited the church, and they, too, 
found a home. 

Next came Scot's brother, Darryl and his wife, Ber- 
nadette, and their children. They also found a 
church home at the Ocala GBC. 

Later in the year, Susan's parents visited the 
church. They have found it to be a place that will 
minister to their needs, as well. And, for the first 
time, Scot and Susan's extended families were wor- 
shipping in the same church. 

Around the pool that sunny Sunday, the songs 
were sung with enthusiasm and joy. It was an ex- 
citing place to be. The water temperature was great, 
at least for the pastor. Maybe it was a little cool for 
those being baptized, but on this special day, no one 
was concerned about such small matters. We are 
reminded of the work of others in our lives who have 
brought us to this place. 

George and Shirley became aware of the Grace 
Brethren Church in Pompano Beach, FL. Soon after 



by Chuck Davis 

Pastor, Grace Brethren Church 

Ocala, Florida 

moving to the Sunshine State in 1969, he was in- 
volved in a work-related accident which left him 
disabled. Some time later, while watching a Billy 
Graham Crusade on television, George accepted 
Jesus as his personal Savior. The Pompano Beach 
Grace Brethren Church and Pastor Gene Witzky 
entered their lives and ministered to them. Now, on 
this April day in 1987, George and Shirley would be 
baptized and join the Ocala GBC. 

Scot and Darryl both found Christ at Youth 
Ranch, a ministry of Florida Bible College, while 
they were teens. Darryl was baptized at the Pom- 
pano Beach GBC and became a member there. 
Susan was saved as a child and she grew up in an 
evangelical church in Pompano Beach. She will join 
her husband in being trine immersed today. All 
three will become members of the Ocala GBC. 

Most of the Kerr family had been Christians for 
some time, but Megan, Scot and Susan's daughter, 
accepted Jesus as her Savior in the spring of 1987. 
Bernadette, who was raised a Catholic, had accepted 
Christ as her Savior several years earlier, but had 
no assurance of salvation. She gained this assurance 
through an explanation and study of the Scriptures 
and made a public profession of her faith in Christ. 
Both Megan and Bernadette will be baptized today. 

Isabelle Thorn - Shirley's mother, Scot and Dar- 
ryl's grandmother, and Megan's great-grandmother 
- was saved as a child. She is afraid of water, but 
today, she will join her family and be trine immersed 
and also become a member of the Ocala GBC. 

Four generations in one family, ages eight to 80, 
all baptized on a bright Florida afternoon. All are 
a product of God's work in their lives through lov- 
ing, concerned fellow Christians. 

A Home Missions church is a product of many 
Christian's work in toiling together in love to see 
men and women, boys and girls, come to know 
Jesus as Savior and Lord. At Ocala Grace Brethren 
Church we are reminded of that at every service 
when the Kerr family is present. M 



8 



HERALD/ April 15, 198 



HOME MISSIONS 



Goals Lead to 
Self-Supporting Church 



Pastor Kurt Miller remembers it was a humbling 
experience. 

It was the fall of 1983 and he had just arrived 
in Palm Harbor, FL, to work with the Grace 
Brethren Church. The congregation had been 
meeting for about five years, but when Kurt 
assumed the pastorate, there were only eight peo- 
ple in the developing Home Mission point. 

"I spent a few weeks 'busting my butt' to get peo- 
ple into the church and it was not working," he 
recalls. 

It was time for a break, not so much from work, 
but for evaluation. The result was a gentle 
reminder that God builds the church and allows 
it to grow. 

"I had to recommit myself to the Lord," recalls 
the 38-year-old pastor. 

Kurt and his church leadership began to develop 
some definite goals for the church. One of them 
was to be self-supporting. By January 1 of this 
year, they had reached that goal. 

Attendances are averaging 100 people each Sun- 
day and the congregation recently broke ground 
for a much-needed worship center on a main road 
in Palm Harbor. 

"Most of the people who have come into the 
church invite their friends," says Kurt. "We try to 
encourage our people to love one another and to 
have a passion for the lost." 




Palm Harbor 
St. Petersburg^ 



Part of the pastor's commitment is to be active- 
ly involved in his community. Almost immediate- 
ly after he arrived in the Gulf Coast community, 
he asked the church to join the local chamber of 
commerce. He has since been elected to its board 
of directors and currently serves as vice president 
in charge of governmental affairs. 

Three years ago he offered his services to the 
local police department. As a result of his 




Patch The Pirate Club 
Sunday morning service. 



performs for the 



chaplaincy ministry there, six police officers and 
their families are involved in the church. 

Programs are kept to a minimum at the Palm 
Harbor Grace Brethren Church. "My philosophy 
is to meet the absolute needs that you have now 
and what programs you have, do well," says Kurt. 

Two junior church programs have been suc- 
cessful in working with the youngsters of the 
church. Patch The Pirate Club is a children's choir 
program for 1st through 6th graders that meets 
weekly. The kids provide special music for worship 
once a month. 

Youngsters ages two through kindergarten may 
also be involved in the Pee Wee Pirates program, 
a companion to the Patch The Pirate Club. 

The church has a full complement of Sunday 
services with one exception - they do not meet for 
an evening service. "And we have no plans for one," 
adds the pastor. 

"I have always wanted to have a better attended 
Wednesday evening service," explains Kurt. When 
he moved to Palm Harbor from an established 
ministry in Pennsylvania, he seized the opportuni- 
ty to try something different. 

The midweek meetings are often better attended 
than Sunday School. While the children and youth 
are in their respective programs, the adults focus 
on prayer. The first 40 minutes is spent on their 
knees, then there is about 15 minutes for a devo- 
tional thought. 

"We've been going through Psalms since I got 
here," admits Kurt. 

The congregation has set goals up to 1992, but 



*ALD/ April 15, 1988 



9 



HOME MISSIONS 



their main focus currently is on the construction of 
their new building. They presently crowd into a 
classroom in a local day care center for worship each 
Sunday morning. 

The new facility will seat up to 350 people when 
it is completed late this summer. The 6,805 square- 
foot building will also include classroom and oriice 
space for the rapidly-growing congregation. Total 
cost, which is being financed by the Grace Brethren 
Investment Foundation, is $300,000. 

Pastor Miller recognizes there is a need for a 
church like the Grace Brethren in Palm Harbor. A 
bedroom community for the Tampa-St. Peters- 
burg-Clearwater area, the city is growing "by leaps 



and bounds." In 1983, the population wasless than 
25 000 people. Today, it is in excess of 60,000, many 
of them young executive couples who commute into 
the larger, nearby cities. By 1995, city officials ex- 
pect more than 100,000 people to live in their 
community. 

It provides a vast mission field for a young church 
like the Palm Harbor Grace Brethren. And even 
though the congregation has targeted attendance 
and financial goals for the next five years, the pastor 
is reluctant to map out future programs. 

"It depends on the community and the people 
who come into the church," he notes. 

It's all part of letting God build the church. ® 



San Bernardino 
Goes Self-Supporting 



The Grace Brethren Church, San Bernardino. CA 
is back on its feet again as a self-supporting church. 

About six years ago, the congregation suffered a 
devastating split and a significant loss of members. 
Working with churches in the Southern California- 
Arizona District, Grace Brethren Home Missions 
stepped in to heal wounds and rebuild the church. 

Pastor Ward and Lucille Miller were instrumental 
in guiding the church back to health. It wasn't easy. 

"We didn't realize how difficult it would be to over- 
come the effect on the congregation," says Ward, a 
veteran Grace Brethren pastor. When he and Lucille 
arrived, there wasn't a church membership and the 
building was being rented to another congregation. 





Ward and Lucille Miller 



Los Angeles 



nadino 



The first two years, the couples focused their 
energies on the church's Christian school. While 
Ward served as pastor/administrator. Lucille acted 
as principal/teacher. At that time, there were 70 
students in the Kindergarten through 6th grade 
school and 20 youngsters in a pre-school program. 

Today, the school has an enrollment of 140 
students in grades K-6 and 55 two-, three-, and four- 
year-olds in the pre-school. 

The school has served a dual purpose. In addition 
to providing a quality Christian education to San 
Bernardino youngsters, it has given necessary finan- 
cial support to the church. 



That's what is keeping our head above water," ad- 
mits Ward. "Without the school, we could have never 
made it financially." 

The school is also providing a pool of unchurched 
families. "We have about 30 to 40 families who do 
not have regular church contact," says the pastor. 

San Bernardino is located two hours east of the 
Los Angeles metropolitan areas in rapidly growing 
San Bernardino County. "One mile to the east of us, 
2,700 homes are being constructed," notes Ward. 

Ward attributes the growth to the overflow of peo- 
ple from metropolitan Los Angeles. "We're going to 
have to concentrate on these people," says Ward. 
Goals for the coming year call for the addition of two 
new members each month and a 40 percent in- 
crease in financial giving. 

But the pastor's biggest burden is to see people 
reached for Christ. "Pray that we would see a 
breakthrough in reaching new souls," he says. 



10 



HERALD/ April 15, 19 



nuivm, jyii&jsiuins 



One 

Ministry, 
A Team 
Effort 



"Pregnancy Hotline, this is Janis. How may I 
nelp you?" 

This is the way each Monday morning begins for 
me member of the North Pole, AK Grace Brethren 
3hurch. She is a volunteer counselor for the 
D regnancy Crisis Center in nearby Fairbanks. 

A few months ago, Janis and her husband, Ted 
Davies, attended a benefit dinner for the "Life 
Center" of Fairbanks. After listening to the 
speakers and seeing slide and video presentations, 
hey felt they needed to help! So, Ted and Janis 
iecided to make a monthly pledge of financial 
support. 

But that didn't seem to be enough. Janis talked 
vith an acquaintance who served as secretary of 
he Crisis Center. The friend suggested she 
/olunteer to answer the phone and talk with preg- 
lant girls. Janis' name was placed on a list of pro- 
spective candidates for training. 

It wasn't long before she received a call from the 
^regnancy Crisis Center asking her to commit 
lerself to a week-long intensive training process, 
rhey needed an answer the next day, because they 
vere in immediate need of help. 

Janis shared the opportunity with several 
riends and asked them to pray with her. And it 
vasn't long before she decided this was an area 
vhere the Lord wanted her to minister. 

"Just the week before, in a message on suffer- 
ng, Janis had heard me say that the 'really big' 
mestion in life is not 'why do I suffer', but rather, 
what is my purpose,'" recalls Pastor Bob Gentzel. 
Janis decided this was part of her purpose. 

The training began. For four hours on four con- 
secutive evenings, Janis and other volunteers 
vatched videos, heard lectures, and role-played 
:ertain situations in order to learn how to talk with 
;irls who were considering abortions. 

"It was like trying to fit two years of college into 
2 hours," says Janis. "The key things I learned 
vas that I needed to be a listener and how to help 
r oung women make clear, educated decisions 
ibout their individual problems," she adds. 

"My first real experience with a client, as an 




observer, was eye-opening," she notes. "There sat 
a 16-year-old girl who was four and one-half 
months pregnant and needed financial assistance. 
Just a year before, she had had an abortion and 
now she couldn't get the support she needed from 
her family." 

The young lady was offered free prenatal care 
from the midwife nurse who works through the 
center and she agreed to come to the center each 
week to be helped in making the right decisions 
about her baby and her life. 

"I know the dear Lord loves each one of these 
girls and the precious children they are carrying," 
says Janis. "My job is to be available so that the 
Lord can use me." 

Janis has found her ministry at the local 
Pregnancy Crisis Center has made her an exten- 
sion of the ongoing ministries of the North Pole 
Grace Brethren Church. 

"My dear brothers and sisters prayed for me dur- 
ing my training and have promised to continue to 
do so whenever I am on the Hotline or counseling 
at the Crisis Center," she adds. "It isn't just my 
ministry, but my local church's and my Lord's." 



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March 1988 



Dear WMC ladies. 

It has been a real privilege to have been chosen as one of the Missionaries 
of the Vear for 1987-88. One of the most exciting things about it is having 
heard from so many of you personally. I'm always encouraged to learn more 
about some of the individuals in our national WMC, as well as to be reminded 
of your commitment to foreign missions and the various ideas you have had 
to promote missions on a local level. 

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prayed for us more frequently because of the focus of attention that we have 
been given. We are grateful for this and appreciate your faithfulness. 

In addition. I want to express my heartfelt thanks, and I know I speak 
for Vicki, Suzie, Barbara and Lila as well, for the money that has been given 
toward our support. No doubt you are well aware of the financial challenges 
that GBFM has faced, especially with the drop of the value of the dollar over- 
seas, which has necessitated an increase in support levels, Your gifts have 
been a real encouragement. 

I am glad that I was able to remain in the States to work in the GBFM 
home office as Tom Julien's secretary, assisting in the transition of leader- 
ship of the mission. I am, however, looking forward to resuming my ministry 
in France once again when I return in August. 

Please accept my gratitude, as well as that of the other Missionaries 
of the Year, for your generosity in giving and for your steadfastness in 
prayer. 

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Pray for 
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and Wisdom 
for these ladies. 



Mount Climbing 

1987-88 Giving 

Third Quarter National Project 

Foreign Missions 

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work - $5,000 

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Toward support of the five 1987-88 
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BRETHREN PERSONALITIES 



Colonel John Schumacher 



by Raeann Hart 




A Vietnam veteran, pastor, counselor, 
chaplain, loving husband, fantastic father, 
"fanatical" fisherman, and faithful friend - 
these words only begin to describe Colonel 
John W. Schumacher. Who is this Grace 
Brethren pastor who has become the Senior 
Chaplain in Alaska? 

The Colonel is stationed 
in Ft. Richardson which is 
, located on the north edge of 
Fairbanks. To reach his next 
post, Ft. Wainwright, which 
is outside Fairbanks, he 
must fly nearly 400 miles to 
the northeast over the 
Alaskan range of moun- 
tains. Ft. Greely is 100 
miles to the east of Ft. 
Wainwright. There are 20 
Chaplains working with 
Colonel Schumacher to 
serve these three posts with a military population 
of between nine and ten thousand soldiers and a 
total population (including the families) of nearly 
t we nty-thousand . 

In the Army, there is one Chaplain who is a two- 
star General and one who is a one-star General. 
These are the only two positions above the rank 
of Colonel for a Chaplain. Colonel Schumacher is 
also one of the few Chaplains who have been ask- 
ed to attend the Army War College. 

As the Senior Chaplain, Colonel Schumacher is 
the one who is ultimately responsible for what 
happens in the religious aspects on all three posts. 
He supervises the Chaplains, makes assignments, 
oversees a budget of nearly $400,000 and plans 
several programs including the National Prayer 
Breakfast and the Martin Luther King Celebration 
on all three posts. The Colonel is also the point of 
contact for the Pentagon in Washington for all the 
Chaplain activities in these three posts in Alaska. 
Pastor Schumacher is on the staff of the 
Commanding General to serve as his advisor on 
matters pertaining to religious programs. 

Because first and foremost, he is a pastor, the 
Colonel also counsels the people who want to see 
him. Staff members and other chaplains look to 
him for encouragement. Twenty-one enlisted peo- 
ple, as well as the twenty chaplains they work for, 
also fall under Colonel Schumacher's supervision. 
Though another man is the pastor at Ft. Richard- 



son Pastor Schumacher also preaches occasional- j 
ly, and his wife, Martha, plays the organ for the 

services. 

In addition to his responsibilities within the 
military, Colonel Schumacher represents the 
Chaplains in civic organizations. He has helped 
with United Way campaigns to evaluate the United 
Way charities and worked on the the committee 
to help plan both the Mayor's Prayer Breakfast and i 
the Governor's Prayer Breakfast. He has served as 
a military representative in city-wide religious 
events and is on the board of the Salvation Army. 
Right next to Ft. Richardson is Elmendorf Air 
Force Base and the Colonel maintains close ties 
with the Chaplains who are located there as they 
share many of the same interests and concerns. 
The Colonel is also involved with Brethren 
Pastors in Alaska. There are nine active and one 
retired Brethren pastors in Alaska and the Colonel 
takes part in their district conference, attends 
ministerium meetings when he is able and speaks 
in their churches. 

His busy schedule must help him get through 
the long, dark winters. "I have enough things that 
I like to do that I don't ever get bored," Pastor 
Schumacher admits. "I cherish the time I get to 
myself, the times I can get away from the pressure 
are very special." 

One of the ways Colonel Schumacher relaxes is 
to take advantage of the resources offered in; 
Alaska. An avid hunter and fisherman, he has a 
freezer full of salmon and caribou. He estimates 
that he has caught between four and five hundred 
pounds of salmon in the past year and a half. 
There are five types of salmon in Alaska and Pastor 
Schumacher has caught every kind. After killing 
a huge caribou last November, he also had the rack 
mounted. He only mounted the rack because the 
head would be too large to fit in the average home. 
He has not gotten a black bear yet, but was with 
a hunting party when they got three moose. Pastor 
Schumacher is such a dedicated fisherman that 
he has driven for 250 miles one way to fish in the 
dangerous and remote Copper River. His drive was 
rewarded with a catch of 16 salmon. Colonel 
Schumacher admits he is, "not an avid fisherman, 
but an absolute fanatic!" 

Colonel Schumacher shares his concerns for the 
soldiers who are stationed in Alaska. "The stresses 
of living in Alaska - the remoteness, the darkness 
in the winter, the isolation that these families have 






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Assistants in Fort Greely, Alaska. "This crew of guys is very special to me," the Col- 
onel shares. "They are from a small, very remote post which is 100 milesfurther into 
the interior from Fairbanks. They do a phenomenal job" The Colonel flies over the 
mountains at least once a month to visit Ft. Greely. 



to endure really tears apart homes and marriages 
that are not really strong. Alaska will either make 
a marriage stronger or 'finish off a bad marriage. 
Soldiers living in Alaska have a very high rate of 
'ERD', which means 'Early Return of Dependents'. 
This happens when the family cannot adjust to the 
Alaskan environment and the soldier elects to 
send his family home early." 

In the Alaskan interior, there are only four hours 
of daylight each day beginning around the twenty- 
first of December. What is significant is that if it 
is a cloudy day the sun is at the horizon and those 
living there may feel as if they have not had a day 
at all. On the longest days it does not get dark. It 
may become dusk, but you can drive a car all night 
without using your headlights. There is almost as 
much light at two a.m. as there is at noon. 

The remoteness is even more difficult than the 
darkness, because along with the darkness comes 
the extreme cold. The wives especially feel the im- 
pact of this as they must put on several layers of 
clothing just to go to the commissary to get their 
groceries. Colonel Schumacher states, "I don't 
want to over exaggerate the harshness of this, but 
people do not understand the special stresses of 
Alaska. We are as far away from our families as 
people who are in Europe, but are more isolated 
because in the winter you do not travel in Alaska," 

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For nearly seven months of the year, people living 
in Anchorage and Fairbanks are limited to the 
boundaries of their cities. People stay right in their 
communities and the big event of the week is to 
go downtown to shop. 

The military tries to make as much available as 
possible and the cities do also by sponsoring 
unique Alaskan events such as dog sled races and 
a full-fledged carnival in February called a Fur 
Rendezvous. 

Though the winter weather may not be any 
more severe than the northern part of the United 
States, it seems to last forever. Winter begins in 
mid-October and continues until after Easter. 
Springtime seems especially difficult, because 
Spring weather never seems to come. 

Colonel Schumacher recalls his first Easter in 
Alaska. He attended a sunrise service on the first 
Sunday in April and the temperature was 6 
degrees below zero. 

"The highest incidence of family violence, 
suicide and depression happens between February 
and the end of April," says the Colonel, "which is 
why they plan a winter carnival, to help beat the 
doldrums." 

Pastor Schumacher and his wife are both very 
musical and enjoy performing together. They 
recently performed at a Sweetheart Banquet for 



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the Air Force. Mrs. Schumacher played while 
Pastor Schumacher sang and they both spoke, giv- 
ing their testimonies. They have been married for 
thirty years and have spent twenty-three of those 
years in the military with twelve different 
assignments, living in seventeen different sets of 
civilian or military quarters. That their marriage 
has wonderfully survived the turbulence of mov- 
ing and the military is a tribute to both of them 
and the Lord they serve. Pastor Schumacher says 
his wife, Martha is "about as perfect a woman as 
I have ever known." 

The Schumachers have four children. Their oldest 
daughter Laurie is married to Grace Brethren pastor 
Lewis Huesmann and they are beginning a church 
in Connecticut. Daughter Julie is a student at Grace 
Seminary and is working as a secretary to Don 
Ogden in the Grace Schools Alumni Office. Sons, 
John, 17, and Eric, 15, still live with their parents 
in Anchorage and attend high school. John is 
Korean and was adopted when he was 8V2 months 
old. After John was adopted, the Schumachers went 
to Korea for two years. "The Koreans didn't know 
what to think," Pastor recalls. "They don't even 
adopt their own. In their culture if you have no 
heritage or roots you are a 'non-person.' Orphans 
have no future. So it was very meaningful for us to 
have John." 

Being in the military can be a "crisis point" that 
can either bring a person closer to the Lord or drive 
them further away. This is one of the reasons the 
Chaplaincy program is so vital. Colonel 
Schumacher shared his views, "The sad thing 
about it is that during peacetime the Chaplaincy 
takes a lower posture and there are people who 
don't think it is necessary. As soon as one shot is 
fired, the Chaplaincy becomes very, very popular 
again. Sometimes the more glamorous side of the 
military is all we think about. We imagine the 
uniforms, comfortable bases with nice facilities, 
expensive equipment and fairly livable salaries. We 
forget about the young kids out on ships in the Per- 
sian Gulf, or someone along the DMZ in Korea or 
in the Philippines or isolated in Europe or Alaska, 
away from family, trying to survive, trying to serve. 

"In the army there are some comfortable jobs, 
but there are also some very uncomfortable jobs. 
Kids are living in the mud and the snow and the 
ice. It's not because we are super boy scouts. It is 
because if something goes wrong, these kids are 
going to go out and probably die in defense of our 
nation. It's not until war really becomes an issue 
that the military man is appreciated." 

"Of course, Vietnam didn't help us any. The anti- 
war movement, rather than attacking whatever 
these people envisioned the issue to be, as to the 
Tightness or wrongness of Vietnam, the soldier 
became a part of that and came home in disgrace 
There are Vietnam Vets who are still paying a price 
for that." 




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Colonel John W. Schumacher 

Colonel Shumacher does not understand the 
current rage for movies and television shows that 
relive the horrors of Vietnam, "It is a very intense 
emotional thing. The average American has no 
concept of the price these kids have paid and are 
still paying for Vietnam. When I was there in 1966, 
I heard no complaining and saw no bitterness or 
drug use. When I returned in 1969, 1 was shocked 
at the bitterness and the level of drug involvement. 
It had changed, not because of the war, but 
because of the media and the attitude back home. 
The media exaggerated the ugly things and ig- 
nored the good. There were units that spent 
millions of hours at orphanages and building 
churches and orphanages in their free time. The 
Americans at home never heard about any of that. 
My objection to current movies is that they just 
show the ugly parts, not the real thing. The Viet- 
nam Vet feels betrayed. Leadership sent them, 
then betrayed them and left them there to die. 

"Many vets face multi-faceted guilt. 'Why did I 
survive when my buddie didn't?' Some feel they 
were part of something labeled 'wrong'. Others 
regretted leaving or neglecting their families or 
their involvement in combat or the effects of the 
war on the civilians or the children they left 
behind. 

As a pastor and counselor, I can see no stress 
gets better by holding on to it. I really think it 
needs to be dealt with by someone who was there 

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IMAGE 

And the 80's 

by Robert S. Welch 

A subtle force that's seducing the family 



• The song accompanying the TV commer- 
cial was touting a food product as a return to 
"home cookin'." And, pray tell what was this 
new form of home cookin'? A TV dinner. 

• The trendy sociologist in a talk, was 
alluding to what she called "non- 
monogamous" marriage. Hmmm. What might 
she be referring to? In a word, adultery. 

• The seminar leader was telling audience 
members how they could find success in the 
workplace. Her profound advice? "Natural 
fibers," she said. "You are what you wear." 

£\.s we usher in 1988 and the homestretch 
of the 80's, the decade has established an identity 
all its own. If the '60s represented the "revolu- 
tionary" decade and the '70s the "me" decade, 
then the '80s may well be the "image over 
substance" decade. 

This is the age of pomp over pithiness, charisma 
over content, style over substance. This is a time 
when who we are has become less important than 
who people think we are; when euphemistic 
phrases can seemingly turn wrongs into rights; 
and when politicians are often judged more on 
their charisma than on their convictions. 

Bluntly, what you see in the '80s ain't always 
what you get. From the triviality of TV dinners to 
the seriousness of cheating on a spouse, the world 
is selling beautifully packaged lies - and many of 
us are reaching for our wallets. What's worse, we 
are starting to wrap ourselves in those same 
beautiful packages and forgetting it's the content 
that counts. 

How does this trend affect the family? Though 
subtle, it's devastating. For society's insidious 
obsession with image triggers two things: First, 
it muddles the Christian value system with 
Madison Avenue murk. We sub-consciously sub- 
stitute real virtues such as honesty, humility 



and kindness with cosmetic replacements like 
designer clothes, bigger house and the "perfect" 
body. Our teenage kids get caught in the whirl- 
wind to conform at all costs. Mothers at home 
question their worth because they don't fit the 
briefcase-toting image of success. 

Second, it forces us to focus on ourselves 
when the success of families depends on 
focusing on others. We spend more time trying 
to keep up with the Joneses than we do nurturing 
our own families. Self-pride, not other people, 
becomes paramount. 

Though the media have added fuel to the style- 
over-substance syndrome the past few decades, the 
phenomenon is really nothing new. In biblical 
times, for example, the Pharisees were champions 
at exuding the image that they were pure and ho- 
ly. In fact, they were merely robe-clad forerunners 
of the dress-for-success movement - people whose 
outer appearance didn't necessarily reflect their in- 
ner selves. 

Today, we're more creative in our approach. Were 
the Pharisees alive today, they could go to profes- 
sional image consultants. These businesses are 
like Pronto Prints for human beings, purportedly 
changing people from nothing into something 
with overnight service and money-back 
guarantees. 

Meanwhile, as image becomes more important, 
what that image hides becomes more irrelevant. 
In 1985, a convicted rapist in Washington state 
was objecting to a book written about him, saying 
it "made me out to be some sort of failure. How 
could he (the author) say that? I had five $400 
suits; I had a $600 watch: I drove a Toronado." For 
this rapist, his image had superseded his actions 
and become like some all-purpose cleaner that 
wiped away even the toughest grime. 

And why not? Hasn't TV taught us that romance 
blossoms from a single breath mint? That the right 
hair conditioner is a prescription for popularity? 



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And that we should buy a particular brand of pills 
because, while the actor touting them isn't a real 
doctor, "I play one on TV?" 

Lest you think we don't fall for such rubbish, 
consider this: In the first five years of "Marcus 
Welby," more than 250,000 people wrote letters 
asking Robert Young, the star of the show, for 
medical advice. We've become so anesthetized by 
image that it's becoming more difficult to choose 
the real from the fake, the right from the wrong, 
the good from the bad. 

Insignificant as it might seem, the home cookin' 
commercial is a perfect example of this blurring 
of reality. The image is a homespun meal. Huge 
helpings. Fresh-from-the-garden vegetables. The 
kind of dinner Mom used to make on the farm. But 
the image is more than a distortion of reality; it 
is a 180-degree lie. 

What used to be "chastity" is 
now "neurotic inhibitions" What 

used to be "self-indulgence" is 

now "selffuljillmenL" What used 

to be "killing an unborn baby" is 

now "choice" 

In fact, the food was thrown together on a con- 
veyor belt by people who probably live 2,000 miles 
away and don't know you from Kareem Abdul- 
Jabbar -- either that or by a computerized 
machine. At any rate you get small portions. And 
you eat those minuscule morsels weeks after 
they've been sitting in a supermarket freezer. 

But here's the catch: The ad executives would 
not be using the home-cookin' image unless they 
knew we were gullible enough to fall for it. And we 
are. Is it any surprise, then, that many of us also 
buy into such deceptions as no-harm divorce, 
money-equals-happiness, and quality time (in- 
stead of quantity time) with our children? 

The style-over-substance syndrome may be a 
subtle force in our culture, but it's more 
widespread than many might think. Beyond the 
media, here are some of the more obvious ways it 
is reflected in our lives: 

What we buy. In the last few years, yuppies 
have magnified a life-style that's been around 
forever. It involves purchasing items to remind 
themselves - and others - how successful they are. 
The idea is not to seek the roots of contentment. 
The idea is to let the leaves of luxury glisten as a 
validation of their worth. Some take it to extremes: 
The latest image-booster comes from 
businessmen who equip their cars with fake 
cellular phones, a humorous, but sad, commen- 
tary on the power of image. 

How we look. Two million young women 



suffering from anorexia nervosa or bulimia can't 
be wrong: in this country, we place an obsessive- 
ly high priority on how we look. Studies, including 
one reported in Psychology Tbday, show that 
academic grades are influenced by the student's 
attractiveness. We rarely elect unattractive politi- 
cians; in fact, a University of California study 
released in 1987 said that flat cheekbones, angular 
jaws and eyes rounded at the top can mean 5 to i 
10 percent more votes. Women are having , 
cosmetic surgery done at record levels - "It's 
almost a status symbol," claims a California im- 
age company. And 20 percent more males had 
cosmetic surgery in the first half of 1987 than in 
the previous year altogether. 

What we wear. "Sixty-five percent of 
someone's evaluation of you is based on your 
clothing," a dress-for-success leader recently 
reminded a Seattle audience. "Clothes are tools to 
get what you want." 

The language we use. The sociologist who 
uses the "non-monogamous" term says she does 
so because it carries no connotation of good or evil. 
Other examples of euphemistic smoke-screens 
abound: What used to be "living in sin" is now a 
"meaningful relationship." What used to be 
"chastity" is now "neurotic inhibitions." What 
used to be "self-indulgence" is now "self- 
fulfillment." What used to be "killing an unborn 
baby" is now "choice." 

Such pre-sweetened phrases represent the foun- 
dation of the image-over-substance philosophy: 
Don't change your ways. Don't change your heart. 
And, above all, don't feel guilty. Instead, simply 
change the image of your action. 

So, as those seeking to preserve the family, 
how do we combat the image-idoling 80's? 

First, and most importantly, by finding a 
role model to pattern our lives after. We need 
look no further than Christ Himself, the ultimate 
example of a man of substance, not image. He 
didn't have a degree from a prestigious universi- 
ty. He simply did what He knew was right, obey- 
ing His Father, sacrificing for others, downplaying 
Himself. He was open. He was honest. He was holy 
His virtue was reflected in how He lived. And so, 
then, should ours. 

Second, we need to see people, products and 
practices for what they really are ~ not for 
what they might appear to be. For example, 
Sydney Biddle Barrows recently wrote a book, 
Mayflower Madam, about an expensive, high- 
class prostitution service she ran in New York. On 
a press tour, she championed herself as an elite en- 
trepreneur, a highly cultured woman of quality. To 
its credit one newspaper cut through the retouch- 
ed reality to the grainy truth. "She's a pimp," the 
newspaper editorialized. 

In the same vein, we must realize that, when it 
comes to buying pills it's absurd to follow the 



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recommendation of a soap opera star who plays 
a doctor on TV. Such reasoning is as ridiculous as 
buying a dictionary on the endorsement of Vanna 
White. 

Likewise, you can call cheating on your husband 
or wife "non-monogamy" if you wish. But that 
doesn't change what it is -- anymore than calling 
your 75-mph speeding habit "stress ventilation" 
changes what it is. 

But seeing through images works in another 
way. Besides exposing wrongs wrapped in rights, 
it also helps us to see positives packaged in 
negatives. Even in the supposedly enlightened 
'80s, we still embrace -- though we hate to admit 
it -- well-worn stereotypes that the disabled aren't 
whole; that minorities are inferior; that the elder- 
ly are dispensable; that overweight people are 
losers and that singles are incomplete. Isn't it time 
we stripped away such images and saw the truth 
for ourselves? Isn't it time we grounded ourselves 
in God's Word so, as John 8:32 says, we can know 
the truth, and the truth shall make us free? 

Finally, we need to be authentic, transparent 
people ourselves. The image game conforms us to 
the world and cheapens us as people of God. Pro- 
verbs 21:2 says, "Every man's way is right in his 
own eyes, but the Lord weighs the hearts." 
Physically, David seemed the least likely of Jesse's 
sons to be chosen as a king, but God looked beyond 
the physical image to the person behind it. 

It's often during crises - such as a funeral of a 
loved one - that we feel closest to one another. 
Why? Because we take off the masks of invincibili- 
ty and share our true selves. Only when we get 
beyond images are we free to practice Philippians 
2:3 and with humility of mind, let each of us 
regard one another as more important than 
ourselves. 

As children of God, we have value 

-- too much value to package 

ourselves as if we were merely 

products on a shelf What really 

matters are our values - and how 

we defend them. 

We turn to images for acceptance, for validation 
that we're worthy. But God has already validated 
our worth. And no amount of dynamic "self- 
presentation" can change the real us any more 
than a paint job can fix a car needing an engine 
overhaul. Such changes come only from the heart. 
And, unlike the claims of image consultants, they 
don't happen in a weekend seminar. They take a 
lifetime of commitment to God. 

Thankfully, Madison Avenue and its shallow 
dress-for-success mentality is wrong. It doesn't 



matter what label is stitched on our jeans, whether 
our car has a cellular phone or if we're members 
of an exclusive country club. As children of God, 
we have value - too much value to package 
ourselves as if we were merely products on a shelf. 
What really matters are our values - and how we 
defend them. 

As the '80s come to a close, we need to take a 
hard look at how images are altering those values, 
often at the expense of the family. My 5-year-old 
son is at a stage where television confuses him. 
He's not sure what's acting and what's not. He sees 
a situation comedy or a football game and asks, 
"Is this real?" 

Like children, we need to ask that question 
often. If we don't, our families risk missing the 
abundant life God promised. And we'll risk going 
through life eating TV dinners - only to discover 
too late that we could have had real home cookin'. 



Robert S. Welch is a columnist for the Journal American 
newspaper in Bellevue. Washington. 



Colonel John Schumacher 

Continued from page 18 

and understands. It is important to talk with a 
counselor who was there or get together with a 
group of guys who meet together to share their ex- 
periences. I think it is very important to get it out 
and not keep it inside to eat on a guy. 

"In a battle situation you realize that faith, com- 
munion, prayer and love are what really count. That 
is when you realize the importance of your eternal 
salvation." 

Pastor Schumacher shares, "The Chaplaincy is 
important because you need to live the life of the 
military to understand it. Military men may attend 
civilian services, but the chaplains really understand 
the challenges and stresses the military families 
face. I am awed that we can live in a country that 
acknowledges the need for a chaplaincy. 

"It is a phenomenal challenge to be a tent maker 
like Paul. As Christians, we must live with people, 
support them and help them bear their burdens. We 
need to establish credibility so they will come to us 
when they have needs. We need to be there when 
the doors fly open and then we have the opportuni- 
ty to share our faith." 

Pastor John and Martha Schumacher have spent 
their lives establishing credibility and supporting 
others to gain the priceless opportunities to share 
Christ with others. The Lord is richly blessing their 
efforts in the mission field in Alaska. 

Two of the inscriptions on the back of the photo 
given to Colonel Schumacher which appears on 
page 17 indicate the effectiveness of his ministry. 
These two men wrote, "God bless you for all the care 
you give to all of us," and "God Bless You Sir!" 



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FOREIGN MISSIONS 



ARGENTINA: 

A People Uprooted by Fear, United by Despair 



Argentina, whose main language is Spanish, is South 
America s second largest country. Her greatest resources are 
her fertile farmlands and industries. Her citizens, many ol 
whom fled war-torn nations to Argentina hoping to find 
refuge from the horrors of war, are predominantly European. 

Sadly there is not sufficient patriotism to unite Argen- 
tina's varied people and the loss of the Falkland Island War 
to Great Britain took away the security of thinking that 
Argentina would never be involved in war. The main thing 
that unites the people now is a growing frustration and 
despair for their economic futures. Yet, perhaps that frustra- 
tion is the reason the door is opening wider for the gospel 
in Argentina. 

Barriers to evangelism in the past are breaking down. 
Roman Catholicism, the state religion, is losing respect due 
to its known corruptions and blatant silences during crucial 
times. 

Many Argentines are beginning to question the tradi- 
tional values that Argentines have held for so long. Family 
structures, once so strong, are beginning to weaken. With 
the institution of a democratic government in 1983, there 
came freedom, materialism, wider exposure and use of 
pornography on television, and the increase of drugs among 
the young. The majority believe in God, but growing 
numbers aren't sure where to find Him. 

For all these reasons, the charismatic movement and the 
cults are growing rapidly among these confused people. 
Now is the time as never before to reach them with the sav- 
ing hope of Jesus Christ. 




GBFM Team in Argentina 

The goal of the GBFM missionary team in Argentina can 
be summed up in three E's: 

Evangelizing the lost. 

Equipping believers with the Word of God and helping 
them to establish indigenous churches through discipleship, 
Bible studies, and Bible Institute courses. 

Expanding the present ministry borders to new areas 
and people. 

Steve and Wilma Bailey (will be moving to Argentina 
when language studies are completed in May) 2129 Heron 
Ave.. McAllen. Texas 78501. 

Dave and Sue Guiles (will be moving to Argentina when 
language studies are completed in May) N. 22nd Lane, 
McAllen, Texas 78501. 

Lynn and Mary Hoyt (presently on extended home 
ministries) P.O. Box 588. Winona Lake, IN 46590. 
Stan andBetty Nairn, J.V. Gonzalez 2218, 1879 guilmes 
Oeste. Buenos Aires. Argentina, South America. 
Alice Peacock (presently on home ministries) P.O. Box 588 
Winona Lake. IN 46590. 



It All began With 
A Plan 



Argentina, 


our 


oldest active 


mis- 


sion field. 


was 


opened in 


1909 




when Mr. and Mrs. 
Charles Yoder and 
Bertha Bell entered 
the interior city of 
Rio Cuarto. Since 
that time 60 mis- 
sionaries have been 

involved in planting 15 Grace Brethren churches in three 
locations: Cordoba, a famous resort and agricultural city 
at the foothills of the southern Andes mountains; Buenos 
Aires, Argentina's capital and most populous city (40 per- 
cent of the population lives here); and Rosario, a port city 
from which grain is sent around the world. 



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Alice Peacock 

Tea For More Than Ttoo 

When Betty Nairn and Alice Peacock meet with 
neighbors and friends on Tuesday afternoons, it 
isn't just to sip mate, Argentina's distinctly dif- 
ferent tasting tea; it is to evangelize. 

Says Alice, "When we 
began the Bible study, 
many ladies refused to 
come because of a pre- 
judice against evangel- 
istic churches, so we 
thought of a creative way 
to gain their trust by opening our homes and our 
lives to them. The afternoons began with crafts, 
then we had tea and Bible study. As their interest 
grew in the Word, we gave them more of it." 



A 

Baby 
Born 
in the 
Streets 

Stan Nairn 
gave birth to a 
baby on the 
streets of 
Quilmes Oeste, 
"Youth Work." 

"We realize our churches were filled with older 
people and there were no ministries for ages 11-22, 
so we went out into the parks and shared the gospel 
with youth on their own turf. The relationships 
blossomed into discipleship and became bridges in- 
to the church. Today approximately 25 young peo- 
ple meet every Saturday afternoon for Bible study, 
testimonies, and singing." 




Stan Nairn Family 

Argentina last April. He calls it 



Birds of A 
Feather 

"Flocking together" 
is just what Dave and 
Sue Guiles and Steve 
and Wilma Bailey plan 
to do when they com- 
plete language school 
in McAllen, Texas and 
move to Buenos Aires, 
Argentina's capital and 
largest city. 

They will start by 
making contacts and 
then form flock groups, 
small discipleship 
groups and Bible steve and wilma Bailey 

studies, which will eventually be combined to 
become a new Grace Brethren church. 





FROM US TO ARGENTINA AND 
TOGETHER TO THE WORLD 



Hoyt's Motto 



"From Us to Argentina 
and Together to the World" 
is Lynn and Mary Hoyt's 
motto. Lynn, who was born 
and raised in Argentina, is a 
second generation GBFM 
missionary. He is responsi- 
ble for the decentralized 
Bible Institute program in 
Rio Cuarto and Rosario. 
Says Lynn, "We hope to implement a curriculum 
in the Bible Institute which will enable students to 
graduate with a certificate- of Pastoral Studies." 
Recently, he has been teaching the Doctrine of 
Christ and the Holy Spirit, and Counseling. 



ARGENTINA 

Area: 1.1 million square miles 

Population: 30.600,000 

Cities: Buenos Aires (the capital city), 
11,400,000; Cordoba, 1.140.000: Rosario. 
1,000,000 

Language: Spanish 

Economy: Agriculture and industry. There 
has been a continuous problem of inflation. 
At one time it reached 1000%. 

Literacy: 93% 

Religion: 86.5% Roman Catholic 



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25 



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Foreign Mission News 

New Target For The Steeles New Worship Facilities 




After four years of living and reaching out to 
neighbors in an area of Solihull, England, the Steeles 
recently moved to a new area where most of the peo- 
ple have been living for less than a year. Their plans 
are to meet new neighbors, who are themselves 
reaching out to make friends, and share with them the 
gospel. Their new address is: 11 Sevington Close, 
Solihull, B91 3X1 England. 

A Milestone in Brazil 

A milestone was reached in Brazil January 14-17 
when the 28th National Conference of the Fellowship 
of Grace Brethren churches was held. For the first time, 
all speakers and featured preachers were Brazilians. 
No American missionaries spoke. 

What Do the French 
Think About God? 

"That God created man or that man created God 
means the same thing. It's nothing to argue about." The 
author of an article, "Dieu existe-t-il?" (Does God ex- 
ist?) in Evenement, a weekly French magazine came 
to this conclusion after conducting a survey about 
beliefs of the French. The surprising results: 66 percent 
believe in the existence of God or a Supreme Being, 
but only 16 percent "practice" their religion (going to 
Mass at least once a month); 43 percent believe in the 
Immaculate Conception of Mary; 51 percent accept 
abortion; only 37 percent believe in the resurrection of 
Jesus. 



The GBC in Aalen, West 
Germany officially cele- 
brated the acquisition of 
their new worship facilities 
recently with a morning 
worship service and an 
afternoon open house for 
neighbors, friends, and 
acquaintances. It was an 
opportunity for mis- 
sionaries Edna Haak and 
John and Becky Pappas, 
to share some of the 
historical background of 
the Grace Brethren 
Church and the specific, 
present-day goals and 





John and Becky Pappas and Family 

work of the congregation in Aalen. As a result of the 
open house, a local newspaper reporter published an 
article. Perhaps God is breaking down barriers of 
reserve and distrust and drawing people to a saving 
knowledge of Himself! 

They Have Decided 
To Include God 

Legislators in Brazil have been revising the country's 
Constitution for over a year. One hotly-debated issue on 
the agenda was whether to include the word "God" in 
the Constitution. The Communist Party was lobbying 
heavily to exclude it, but apparently they were a minority 
because "God" will appear in the new Constitution. 



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FOREIGN MISSIONS 



The First of Many 



Gouete Francois, a recent 
graduate of Brethren Biblical 
Seminary and one of two pastors 
who are overseeing the ministry 
of five chapels among the Pygmy 
people in the Central African 
Republic, baptized 45 of the first 
converts on February 8. The 
average attendance for the 
largest of the five chapels is 120 
and 55 for the smaller chapels. 



Birth 
Announcement 

The Kowalke family has the 
privilege of announcing a long- 
anticipated birth! No, not an ad- 
dition to their four children, but a 
birth of another kind! 



Joining the Team in Spain 




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Name: Grace Church, Sutton Coldfield 
Weight: (approx.) 11 adults, 8 children 
Birthdate: 3 January, 1988 

Says Dave, "The first couple began to study the Bible 
with us in February, 1987. As others began to show the 
same interest and accept Jesus Christ as their personal 
Savior, we started a monthly discussion group (Issues 
and Answers) in June, 1987 and then a small Bible study 
(Grace Bible Fellowship) in September, 1987. As a 
systematic and necessary next step, services began on 
January 3, 1988. It has been a process filled with much 
struggle and efforts, but by the grace of God, we have 
seen fruit for our labors, which have been united with 
your prayers and the birth has taken place!" 




Penny Schroeder, a member of the Northwood 
Chapel Grace Brethren Church in Columbus, Ohio 
recently joined the Europe team when she began serv- 
ing in Spain with the TIME program (Training in Mis- 
sionary Endeavor). 

Landslide Election 

Namsene Elie, 
director of the 
James Gribble 
High School for 
African youths, was 
recently elected 
president of the 
Union of African 
Churches. He will 
be responsible for 
the operational uni- 
ty of the African 
Brethren church 
which is impress- 
ively large in 
membership, but is 
just beginning to 
discover its ability 
to accomplish 
much through 
teamwork. Pray 
for wisdom and 

strength for Namsene as he assumes this awesome 
responsibility while continuing to direct the High School. 

Significant Contribution 

For the first time in GBFM history, one church 
has exceeded $200,000 in gifts during a single 
year. Congratulations and many thanks to the peo- 
ple of Grace Brethren Church. Columbus, OH, 
supported their missionaries with an offering 
524 in 1S87. 




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27 



I EgaEBJE EZBEaaa 



Getting Hooked on 

Evangelism 



It's fun. It's addictive. And 
somebody should have warned 
me before I got hooked. 

On a recent trip to a Christian 
bookstore, I found 26 books 
about evangelism, most of them 
excellent. They expounded the 
theology of evangelism and told 
me in detail how to answer 
arguments, get my spiritual life 
in order and develop a consistent 
and loving lifestyle. One thing 
they didn't mention was that 
evangelism was fun. 

Perhaps "fun" isn't the right 
word. It would be more accurate 
to say "joy." But the word "joy" 
has been so overworked in Chris- 
tian circles that I am afraid it 
doesn't communicate the sense 
of enjoyment I'm talking about. 
I first discovered the pleasure 
of evangelism when I was only a 
few months old as a Christian 
and attending college. I had 
developed the habit of wandering 
up to the chemistry labs when I 
was feeling blue to chat with 
some of the non-Christian 
inhabitants. 

I didn't know anything about 
witnessing, and hadn't studied 
any books on answering ques- 
tions. I just said what came into 
my mind, and often I learned as 
much as did the people with 
whom I was talking. 

Later I found out that my 
arguments were the standard 
answers to common questions, 
and that my knowing what to say 
was a sign that the Holy Spirit 
was working. But all I knew then 
was that I came out of those ses- 
sions refreshed. 



Eventually, a couple of people 
received Christ as a bonus. But 
at the time I was just doing it to 
cheer myself up. 

Taking on the "harder" cases 

A few years later, my husband, 
Edwin, and I discovered that God 
would let us work together to 
hold some of the tools as God did 
the work in the lives of some of 
our neighbors and friends. 

Sharing Christ 

is so much fun, 

the Kerrs do it 

full time. 

As we became more experi- 
enced and dared to take on 
"harder" cases, we became more 
and more amazed at what the 
Lord would do through the sim- 
ple presentation of the Gospel. 
Because we really were doing so 
little and the effects were so 
great, we knew that God himself 
was working. Through ordinary 
people. 

That brought us so much joy 
we wanted to do it all the time, 
not just lunch hours, evenings 
and weekends. We were hooked. 

Soon, like the man in the 
parable, we "bought the whole 
field for joy." We took on the 
challenge of missionary work 
with students and professional 
people in Costa Rica. For fun. 

Joy is not an unspiritual 
motive. Jesus endured the cross 



by Carolyn Kerr 



because of anticipated joy, 
though that experience was cer- 
tainly not "fun." 

Saying evangelism is fun 
doesn't mean I necessarily feel 
like doing it when the time 
comes. For example, Edwin and 
I were sick with food poisoning 
picked up at a questionable 
restaurant, when a Costa Rican 
friend called to say she was 
bringing over a lady who had just 
tried to kill her husband. 

We said, "please don't come." 
But they came anyway. It took a 
long time for the woman, who 
had been a practicing medium, 
to come to the Lord. But when 
they finally left in the wee hours 
of the morning, we suddenly 
realized that we had been healed 
as well as she. 

People don't need help when it 
is convenient. They come when 
I'm hosting 16 people to a sit- 
down dinner in an hour, or when 
I've been to six meetings already 
that day and am all "peopled- 
out." 

It's better that way. St. Paul 
noted that when he was weak, 
then he was strong. When I'm in 
no shape to help anybody then it 
is obviously God who does the 
work. 

Even when I'm afraid to speak 
up, evangelizing is often en- 
joyable. A woman in one of my 
Bible studies once invited me for 
coffee, explaining that her hus- 
band did not approve of Bible 
study and wanted to meet me. 
The husband was hostile 
enough and very vocal. As he 
went on about the evils of 



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BRETHREN EVANGELISTIC MINISTRIES 



evangelicals in general and of 
Bible studies in particular, I re- 
mained silent and prayed for 
guidance. 

Suddenly I heard a sentence I 
could agree with, and told him 
how right he was. Minutes later 
I was able to do it again, and I 
had the strange feeling that I was 
fishing, playing with a very ac- 
tive marlin on the line. 

I practically felt like laughing 
out loud when the man had 
agreed to every major point in 
my standard presentation of the 
Gospel and when he told his wife 
to attend the group because it 
would be good for her. 

He didn't think it would be 
good for himself, and finally 
snapped the line and "got away." 
Still, he gave his wife no more 
trouble. 

That evangelism is so en- 
joyable seems due to the fact that 
God does the work. When God 
chooses to do something special 
for someone I've witnessed to, 
even when I'm not around, it is 
better yet. 

One example is the very 
depressed Costa Rican woman 
who regularly came to a Bible 
study I was leading. People are 
often attracted to the Gospel 
because they know they need 
help. But this lady questioned if 
it would ever be possible for her 
to have joy and peace in her life. 

Thinking about this one night, 
the woman noticed a withered 
house plant she had been mean- 
ing to throw away. Aloud she said 
to herself that it would be as dif- 
ficult for her to have a new life as 
for that dried-up plant to bloom 
again. 

The next morning the plant 
had a flower on it. And that after- 
noon she turned herself in to 
Jesus. It was hard to say who was 
happier - me, the woman or the 
angels in heaven. 

Go ahead and read the books 
on evangelism. Try it. But let me 
warn you. You might like it. 
There are no 12-step programs to 
get you over this addiction. You 
might end up wanting to do it full 
time. Si 



After years of fruitful ministry in Costa 
Rica, LAM missionaries Edwin and 
Carolyn Kerr moved to California, where 
Carolyn is nearing completion of a Ph.D. 
in counseling at Fuller Theological 
Seminary. The Kerrs plan to return to 
Latin America following Carolyn's studies. 



Reprinted by permission of 
Latin America Evangelist, 
published by Latin American 
Mission. 



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The moderator of the National Fellowship, Dean 
Fetterhoff, reminds us of the International Day of 
Prayer on May 15th. 

Foreign missionaries as well as the churches in the 
United States are joining together to pray. They will 
be remembering National Conference, the local 
churches, national boards, the nation, personal needs 
and the renewing and reviving of the church. Make 
a special effort to be involved. Formal groups will meet 
but make a special effort as an individual to observe 
the day. 




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FELLOWSHIP NEWS 



FELLOWSHIP NEWS 



MARRIAGES 

BOLEY: Rona Rosian and Bruce 
Boley, February 13, 1988, in the 
Riverside Grace Brethren Church, 
Johnstown, PA. Don Rough, pastor. 
DOROFEY: Emma Hennessey and 
Dorsey Dorofey, April 30, 1987, in the 
Johnstown Grace Brethren Church, 
Johnstown, PA. Charles Martin, 
pastor. 

DUKERY: Pamela Larison and 
Brian Dukery, September 12, 1987, 
in the Johnstown Grace Brethren 
Church, Johnstown, PA. Charles 
Martin, pastor. 

GINGERICH: Melody Jackson and 
Galen Gingerich, July 18, 1987, First 
Grace Brethren Church of Dayton, 
Ohio. The father of the bride, Pastor 
Forrest Jackson, officiated, with the 
assistance of Dan Grabill. Forrest 
Jackson, pastor. 

KIRBY: Nancy King and Jerry Kir- 
by, December 12, 1987, at the New 
Albany Grace Brethren Church, New 
Albany, IN. Davy Troxel, pastor. 
MAJO: Meredith Eten and Scott 
Majo, September 26, 1987, at the 
Johnstown Grace Brethren Church, 
Johnstown, PA. Charles Martin, 
pastor. 

RAGER: Patricia Gorman and Eric 
Rager, July 25, 1987, at the 
Johnstown Grace Brethren Church, 
Johnstown, PA. Charles Martin, 
pastor. 

VIDMAR: Leila Ann Markley and 
James Vidmar, October 27, 1987 
The father of the bride, Robert 
Markley, took their vows in the home 
of his oldest son, Bob, who lives in 
Worthington, OH. 

WALLACE: Sharon Martin and 
Gregor Wallace, November 28, 1987, 
at the Johnstown Grace Brethren 
Church, Johnstown, Pa. Charles 
Martin, pastor. 

DEATHS 

BROWN, VIOLET. 78. February 12, 



1988. She was a member of the 
Grace Brethren Church, Mt. Laurel, 
NJ. Robert Spicer, pastor. 
CASTLE, MRS. MARY. 93. February 
10, 1988. She was a member of the 
Grace Brethren Church of 
Hagerstown, MD. Ray Davis, pastor. 
EASTERDAY, RUSSELL. 89. 
January 29, 1988. He was a member 
of the Grace Brethren Church of 
Hagerstown, MD. Ray Davis, pastor. 
FULL, OKEY 97 January 15, 1988. 
He was a member of the Grace 
Brethren Church, Parkersburg, WV. 
Richard Placeway, pastor. 
MARKLEY, BESSIE. 84. January 18, 
1988. She was the mother of Robert 
Markley (pastor of the Grace Brethren 
Church in Vienna, WV) and was a 
member of the Grace Brethren 
Church, Coolville, OH. George 
Horner, pastor. 

MOORE, MRS. MARY MARGARET. 
February 8, 1988. She was a member 
of the Riverside Grace Brethren 
Church, Johnstown, PA. Don Rough, 
pastor. 

RUEL, ELTHA. 89. August 7, 1987 
She was a member of the First Grace 
Brethren Church, Dayton, Ohio. 
Forrest Jackson, pastor. 

WOLFE, DON. 80. October 8, 1987 
He was a member of the First Grace 
Brethren Church, Dayton, Ohio. 
Forrest Jackson, pastor. 

ZELLO, MRS. CATHERINE. 66. 

January 24, 1988. She was a member 
of the Grace Brethren Church, 
Hagerstown, MD. Ray Davis, pastor. 

CHANGE 
YOUR ANNUAL 

Ed DeZago, 966 Hearty St., Ft. 
Myers, FL 33903. 

Daniel Jackson, Kolomanstr. 41, 7070 
Schwaebisch Gmuend, West 
Germany 

Richard Messner, 18817 Nautical Dr., 
Apt. 306, Huntersville, NC 28078. 



Philip Steele, 11 Sevington Close, 
Solihull, W. Midlands, B91 3XL, 
England. 

Ernest Usher, 1137 Gale Dr., Nor- 
cross, GA 30093. 

Mike Wallace, 20 Laurel St., Pine 
Grove, PA 17963. 

Anaheim, CA, 2166 W. Broadway, 
Apt. 609, Anaheim, CA 92804. 
Okeechobee, FL, The new zip for 
the Grace Brethren Church is 34974. 
South Bend, IN, The Ireland Road 
Grace Brethren Church should be 
listed with the cooperating churches 
on page 57. 
Palmer, MA, On page 62 of the 
Grace Brethren Annual, Ludlow is 
now Palmer, MA. 
Stowe, VT, On page 62, the Stowe, 
VT, listing should be removed. 
Silversword Grace Brethren 
Church of Hawaii, Their address is: 
c/o Mark Reynon, 47A Nano St., 
Kahului, HI 96732. 
Elyria, OH, The new name of the 
church is Spring Valley Grace 
Brethren Church (the word "Com- 
munity" has been deleted). 



NEWS UPDATE 

Lancer Basketball Camps, held 
on the Grace College Campus, 
Winona Lake, IN, will begin this year 
on May 29. Boys' camps, each lasting 
five days, will conclude on July 15 and 
Girls' camps will run June 19 - July 1. 

Boys and girls from grades 4 
through 12 are eligible to attend. Cost 
is $180 (which includes meals and 
lodging) and the camps are divided 
by the student's grade level. Jim 
Kessler, coach of the Grace Lancers 
men's basketball team, has directed 
the camps for the past 11 years. 

A free brochure is available which 
explains the camps. Write, requesting 
one, to: Jim Kessler, Grace College, 
200 Seminary Dr., Winona Lake, IN 
46590; or phone toll-free: 
1-800-845-2930 in Indiana or 
1-800-54GRACE outside Indiana. 



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MM—M a 



FELLOWSHIP NEWS 



Dan Travis, formerly pastor of Christian Education at 
the Grace Fellowship Church in Long Beach, CA has 
been called to serve as the associate pastor of Chris- 
tian Education and Youth at the Grace Brethren Church 
of Wooster, OH. His duties include a ministry to the 
adults, singles, youth, and children. He assumed his 
new duties in early March of this year. 
Exercise your writing ability! Writers for Daily Devo- 
tions scripts are needed! This quarterly devotional 
booklet, published exclusively for the Fellowship of 
Grace Brethren Churches, features the following for 
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Surprise Celebration 

Pastor and Arlene Jackson, First Grace Brethren 
Church of Dayton, OH, were honored by the congrega- 
tion for 25 years of pastoral service. A surprise celebra- 
tion was held December 6, 1987, as the congregation 
expressed their love with an engraved plaque, 25 silver 
dollars for each of them, as well as an expense-paid 
trip to Europe where they will visit missionary friends 
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Children's Workers' Conference 

The Second Annual Children's Workers' Conference 
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Included in this year's seminars were: Dick Gruber, Na- 
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Numbers, 
Time, 
Eternity 



by Charles W. Turner 



I am certain that numbers are 
an important part of our lives. I 
became conscious of numbers at 
an early age. I think I was in the 
fifth grade when a teacher 
brought to my attention the 
fascination of numbers and how 
they affect each other. This new 
knowledge was called multiplica- 
tion and the teacher used two 
well-known elements to teach 
this idea to us. One was a clock 
with numbers on the outside 
rim, numbers of her choosing. 
Then while she stood at the 
blackboard and we stood 
waiting, she told us the secret 
number to place in the middle. 
The person who could complete 
the clock the fastest was number 
1. We also were learning the 
rewards of competition, because 
the winner each time could re- 
tain the number 1 spot at the 
board. 

Whether her methods were 
good or bad, I do not know. What 
I do know is I learned how to 
multiply. No fancy new math, 
just plain thinking. To hold that 
spot at the top of the class 
became a challenge. The 
highlight of each day was the 
afternoon math class. The spell- 
ing session had the same 
elements of challenge, but not 
the same degree of excitement. 
It is good that I found an in- 
terest in numbers, because they 
have come to play an important 
part in my life. My telephone 
number, Social Security 
number, auto license number, 
Post Office box number, pay- 



check number, my age - all 
numbers, and the list could go 
on, but I shall spare you the 
length of this recital. People ask 
me how many children I have 
and now, how many grand- 
children there are! 

Life is made up of numbers of 
days. As a pastor, I wondered 
how many were in Sunday 
School and now as a publisher, I 
check the number of books that 
are printed. Often I am chal- 
lenged by persons who say that 
numbers are not important. I 
disagree. If numbers are not im- 
portant, answer these questions: 
"How many wives do you have?" 
"How many gods are there?" Yes, 
numbers are important! 

However, numbers can become 
lost and meaningless when they 
do not have any relationship to 
our lives. How about a trillion as 
a nice round number? Here I lose 
all contact, because I can not 
relate. I get lost at a million and 
a billion is a number without 
meaning. A trillion is a budget 
figure for the government this 
year. 

A trillion is something like 
this: If you had a trillion dollars 
in a box and started spending a 
million dollars a day on the day 
that Christ was born, (Yes, a 
million a day!) you would still be 
spending! In fact, you would still 
have another 750 years before 
the box would be empty. Even 
there I cannot relate to time or 
amounts. 

Let me pass from the child- 



hood experiences of learning 
"five times five" to place the 
element of numbers into a 
spiritual context. The span of a 
man's life is three score and ten, 
so says the Old Testament writer. 
He is not far off from present 
data. Then what does it mean to 
live for an eternity? Here my "five 
times five" begins to lose 
meaning again. The numbers 
are again losing relationship to 
life, for I cannot grasp an eternity. 
Yet, the numbers do have impor- 
tance because we are talking 
about eternity, which is the span 
of each and every person's 
existence. 

Life is short, but it is a prepara- 
tion period for eternity. We are 
told to "number our days as to 
give account". We are born a 
living soul and we die physically. 
The question is what we do with 
the number of our days. At the 
seventy span we get about 
25,550 days of physical life (not 
counting leap years). But we will 
all have to spend eternity with 
billions and billions of days and 
then some. How unwisely we use 
or abuse our days in this life! 
What we have done with the 
truth of salvation in Christ deter- 
mines these eternal days and 
where they shall be spent. 

Back to the old blackboard 
with the teacher and the clock. 
"What is five billion times ten 
trillion?" 

"Teacher, I hold my place at 
the head of the line. The answer 
- ETERNITY!" 



HERALD/ May 15, 198 



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2 Editorial 

Numbers, 

Time, 

Eternity 

Charles W. Turner 



4 Devotional 

Let All Things 
Their Creator 
Bless 

Raeann Hart 
6 Home Missions 

Navajo Indians 
Join Johnstown 
Family- 
Margie Fusco 

8 Home Missions 

Love in Action 

Gary Hable 

9 Home Missions 
Loving Them Into 
the Kingdom 

Tony Webb 
10 HOW TO: 

Software is 
the Key 

Rita Atwell Hollar 
12 CE News 



14 Grace Schools 
Daron Butler: 
Ministry now to 
prepare for 
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Joel Curry 

15 WMC 

National WMC 
Update 

Margie Deuan 

16 Devotional 

A Challenge to 
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Raeann Hart 

18 BEM 

Reaching the Top 

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Grace Seminary 
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30 Fellowship News 




ERALD/ May 15, 1988 



Great is the Lord and 
most worthy of praise; 

his greatness no one 

can fathom. 
One generation will 
commend your works to 
another; 

they will tell of your 

mighty acts. 
They will speak of the 
glorious splendor of your 
majesty, 

and I will meditate on 

your wonderful works. 
Psalm 145:3-5 (NIV 




DEVOTIONAL 



IM 



Let All Things 
Their Creator Bless 



All Creatures of 
Our God and King 

Francis ofAssisi, 1182-1126 

All creatures of our God and King, 
Lift up your voice with us and sing: 
Alleluia, alleluia! 
burning sun with golden beam 
And silver moon with softer gleam: 
Oh, praise him! Oh, praise him! 
O rushing wind and breezes soft, 
O clouds that ride the winds aloft: 
Oh, praise him! Alleluia! 
rising morn, in praise rejoice. 
O lights of evening, find a voice. 
Oh, praise him! Oh, praise him! 
O flowing waters, pure and clear. 
Make music for your Lord to hear. 
Oh, praise him! Alleluia! 
Ofire so masterful and bright. 
Providing us with warmth and light. 
Oh, praise him! Oh, praise him! 
Dear mother earth, who day by day 
Unfolds rich blessings on our way. 
Oh, praise him! Alleluia! 
The fruits and flowers that verdant grow. 
Let them his praise abundant show, 
Oh, praise him. Oh, praise him! 
O everyone of tender heart. 
Forgiving others, take your part. 
Oh, praise him! Alleluia! 
All you who pain and sorrow bear. 
Praise God and lay on him your care. 
Oh, praise him! Oh, praise him! 
And you, most kind and gentle death. 
Waiting to hush our final breath, 
Oh, praise him! Alleluia! 
You lead to heaven the child of God, 
Where Christ our Lord the way has trod. 
Oh, praise him! Oh, praise him! 
Let all things their Creator bless 
And worship God in humbleness. 
Oh, praise him! Alleluia! 
Oh, praise the Father, praise the Son. 
And praise the Spirit. Three in One, 
Oh, praise him! Oh, praise him! 
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia! 



Praise the Lord 

Praise the Lord. 

How good it is to sing praises to our God. 
how pleasant and fitting to praise him! 
The Lord builds up Jerusalem: 
he gathers the exiles of Israel. 
He heals the brokenhearted 

and binds up their wounds. 
He determines the number of the stars 

and calls them each by name. 
Great is our Lord and mighty in power: 

his understanding has no limit. 
The Lord sustains the humble 

but casts the wicked to the ground. 
Sing to the Lord with thanksgiving: 

make music to our God on the harp. 
He covers the sky with clouds: 

he supplies the earth with rain 

and makes grass grow on the hills. 
He provides food for the cattle 

and for the young ravens when they call. 
His pleasure is not in the strength of the horse. 

nor his delight in the legs of man: 
The Lord delights in those who fear him. 

who put their hope in his unfailing love. 
Extol the Lord, O Jerusalem: 

praise your God, O Zion, 

for he strengthens the bars of your gates 

and blesses your people within you. 
He grants peace to your borders 

and satisfies you with the finest of wheat. 
He sends his command to the earth: 

his word runs swiftly. 
He spreads the snow like wool 

and scatters the frost like ashes. 
He hurls down his hail like pebbles. 

Who can withstand his icy blast? 
He sends his word and melts them: 

he stirs up his breezes, and the waters flow. 
He has revealed his word to Jacob, 

his laws and decrees to Israel. 
He has done this for no other nation: 

they do not know his laws. 

Praise the Lord. 

Psalm 147 (NIV) 



Heavenly Father, we are in the midst of springtime, when your glorious creation is coming back to 
life. All creation speaks of the glorious splendor of your majesty! Help us to remember to praise you 
continually for your greatness. Help us to meditate on your wonderful works. 

The world needs to see your peace and joy radiating from our lives, just as we can see your gioj 
in the perfection of a flower, the majesty of the clouds riding the winds. Forgive us when we fall short 
and give us your strength, through your word to shine as Christian 1 hts to a world that needs to 
that this glorious creation is a gift from you and tribute to yoi >ve for us. Lord, we praise you! 



1RALD/ May 15, 1988 



HOME MISSIONS 




Navajo Indians Join Johnstown 
Family For Thanksgiving j 



by Margie Fusco 



The Botteichers had some family over for the 
holidays. Their "family members" were two young 
women -- both Navajo Indians. 

Lolita Castillo, 19, and Faye Willeto, 18, used their 
Thanksgiving break to visit their second family in 
Johnstown, PA. The young women have grown up 
with the Botteichers through the Grace Brethren 
Church's Navajo Mission at Counselor, NM. 

Eugene and June Botteicher worked at the Mis- 
sion from 1976 until 1984, with the exception of one 
and one-half years. While there, they were visited a 
few times by Eugene's brother, Emery, and his wife 
from Pennsylvania. 

Lolita and Faye, who attended the mission school, 
now are freshmen at Grace College, Winona Lake. 
IN. Learning that the students were facing the 
holidays alone, the Eugene Botteichers helped them 
locate a ride to Johnstown. 

"They're family to us," June explained. 

The students say they have grown up in two 
cultures, Navajo and white. They were bused 15 
miles from their homes, where they spoke only 
Navajo, to the mission school where they spoke 



only English. As they grew up, they watched im- 
mense changes in their culture. 

Both students were raised in camps, made up of 
an extended family group. Lolita remembers living 
with her great-great-grandmother. Faye's camp is the 
traditional Navajo, based on a woman's family. In 
Faye's camp there still are hogans, dome-shaped 
adobe and wood buildings. 

"My parents live in the hogan in the winter 
because it's warmer," Faye said. "They move back 
into a wood house in the summer." 

Both camps received their first electricity a few 
years ago. Lolita's mother has a washing machine, 
but neither camp has the luxury of running water. 

Water is a precious commodity in the semi-desert 
region. Located 7,200 feet above sea level, Counselor 
sees ample snow, but most of the water evaporates 
or runs off. 

Pictured left to right: Eugene Botteicher, Lolita 
Castillo, June Botteicher, Emery Botteicher, 
Jean Botteicher and Faye Willeto. (Photo 
courtesy of the Johnstown Iribune-DemocratJ 



6 



HERALD/ May 15, 19 



HOME MISSIONS 






The Navajos haul water from the mission or from 
wells located far from their camps. "Whenever we 
go anywhere my dad says, 'and bring water,'" Lolita 
explained. 

Because they have no refrigeration, the Navajos 
rely on canned goods and fresh meat, mostly from 
their own goat and sheep herds. 

Growing up as Christians has been important to 
the young women. They feel that their religion has 
helped them to avoid the high incidence of 
alcoholism, drug use, and teen pregnancies among 
Navajos. In becoming Christians, however, they 
sometimes feel caught between two cultures. 

"My grandfather was a medicine man," Faye 
said. "He disowned my father for becoming a 
Christian. But on his death bed, he accepted God." 

Lolita added, "There is a lot of pressure from the 
other kids." She explained that many teenagers 
don't believe in the Navajo religion, but consider 
going to the mission school a denial of the Navajo 
culture. 

The Grace Brethren Navajo Mission, established 
in 1947, offers education from kindergarten 
through grade 12. The Botteichers are proud to 
note that Lolita and Faye are among a dozen Nava- 
jo students from the mission who currently are in 
college or post-graduate school. 

College far away from home and their native 
culture, however, is difficult for the two women. 

"The Navajos are quiet people." Emery 
explained. "They don't show their emotions." As 
if to bear him out. the girls sit cross-legged on the 
couch, each hugging a pillow and biting her lips. 
They speak softly about their plans for the future. 

Faye, with a major in business and accounting, 
; hopes to apply her skills to marketing native art. 
Lolita is studying elementary education, hoping 
I someday to teach at the mission school. 

In receiving an education, they have broken out 
of the centuries-old cycle. Both Faye and Lolita are 
middle children in large families and would be 
expected to stay home and raise younger ones. 

Like many Navajos, their lives have been 
centered on family. Lolita admits, "I didn't know 
there was a life outside of Counselor." 

In leaving their families they may have lost some 
ties to their heritage. Both students have only a 
passing familiarity with native crafts. They admit 
they've missed learning the fine points of weaving 
and intricate bead work. 

With the talk of home and family, Faye and Lolita 
say they've grown homesick. They brighten only 
when talk turns to traditional Navajo foods. Faye 
offers a recipe for fried bread and Lolita gestures 
with her fingers to explain how the dough is 
worked until paper thin. 

When June suggests they make bread together, 
Lolita's face shines. "Yes," she said, flinging the 
pillow aside. "Yes. Yes." 

Reprinted from The Tribune-Democrat. Used with permission. 

ERALD/ May 15, 1988 



GBNM "Cowboys and Indians" Itinerary 

May 8 a.m. Indianapolis. IN - Eagle Creek Grace Brethren Church 

am Clay City, IN -- First Brethren Church 
May 8 p.m. Kokomo, IN -- Indian Heights Grace Brethren Church 

p.m. Peru. IN - Grace Brethren Church 
May 9 p.m. Flora, IN - Grace Brethren Church 

p.m. Open 
May 10 p.m. South Bend, IN - Ireland Road Grace Brethren Church 

p.m. Sidney, IN - Sidney Grace Brethren Church 
May 11 p.m. Berne, IN - Bethel Brethren Church 

p.m. New Troy, Ml - Grace Brethren Church 
May 12 p.m. Warsaw, IN •■ Community Grace Brethren Church 

p.m. Winona Lake, IN - Wnona Lake Grace Brethren Church 
May 13 p.m. Ozark, Ml - Grace Brethren Church 

p.m. Leesburg, IN - Grace Brethren Church 
May 14 Open 

May 15 am Lake Odessa, Ml - Grace Brethren Church 

a.m. Dayton, OH 
May 15 p.m. Bowling Green, OH - Grace Brethren Church 

p.m. Dayton, OH - First Grace Brethren Church 
May 16 p.m. Marion, OH -- Grace Brethren Church 

p.m. Open 
May 17 a.m. Lexington. OH - Grace Brethren Church 
p.m. Coolville, OH -- Grace Brethren Church 
May 18 p.m. Ashland, OH - Grace Brethren Church 

p.m. Parkersburg, WV - Grace Brethren Church 
May 19 p.m. Kittanning, PA - North Buffalo Grace Brethren Church 

p.m. Grafton, WV - First Grace Brethren Church 
May 20 p.m. Aleppo, PA - Aleppo Grace Brethren Church 

p.m. Cumberland, MD - Cumberland Grace Brethren Church 
May 21 Open 

May 22 a.m. Uniontown, PA - Grace Brethren Church 

am Meyersdale. PA - Meyersdale Grace Brethren Church 
May 22 p.m. Johnstown, PA - Riverside Grace Brethren Church 

p.m. Meyersdale, PA -- Summit Mills Grace Brethren Church 
May 23 p.m. Boswell. PA -- Laurel Mduntain Grace Brethren Church 

p.m. Stoystown, PA - Grace Brethren Church 
May 24 p.m. Armagh, PA - Valley Grace Brethren Church 

p.m. Jenners. PA •• Jenners Grace Brethren Church 
May 25 p.m. Lititz, PA - Grace Brethren Church 

p m. Listie, PA - Listie Grace Brethren Church 
May 26 p.m. Jersey Shore, PA -- Tiadaghton Valley Grace Brethren Church 

p.m. Johnstown, PA - Singer Hill Grace Brethren Church 
May 27 p.m. Williamsport, PA - Trinity Gospel Church 

p.m. Hopewell, PA •• Grace Brethren Church of Hopewell 
May 28 Open 

May 29 a.m. Aftoona, PA - First Grace Brethren Church 

a.m. Johnstown. PA - Johnstown Grace Brethren Church 
May 29 p.m. Altoona, PA - Grace Brethren Church 

p.m. Conemaugh, PA - Conemaugh Grace Brethren Church 
May 30 Memonal Day -- Open Date 

May 31 p.m. Island Pond. VT - Grace -Brethren Church 

p.m. Everett, PA - Community Grace Brethren Church 
June 1 p.m. Irasburg. VT - Grace Brethren Church 

p.m. Everett. PA - Everett Grace Brethren Church 
June 2 p.m. Milroy, PA - Grace Brethren Church 
June 3 p.m. Open 

p.m. Hope. NJ - Grace Brethren Church 
June 4 Open Date 

June 5 a.m. Mt. Laurel, NJ - Grace Brethren Church 
June 5 a.m. Royersford, PA - Tn-County Grace Brethren Church 

p.m. Philadelphia. PA - First Brethren Church 
June 6 p.m. Manheim, PA -■ Grace Brethren Church 
p.m. Palmyra. PA - Grace Brethren Church 
June 7 p.m. Open 

p.m. York, PA - Grace Brethren Church 
June 8 p.m. Lanham, MD - Grace Brethren Church 
June 9 p.m. Hagerstown. MD - Calvary Grace Brethren Church 

p.m. Hagerstown. MD - Valley Grace Brethren Church 
June 10 p.m. Alexandria, VA -- Grace Brethren Church 

p.m. Virginia Beach, VA - Grace Brethren Church (tentative) 
June 11 Open Date 

June 12 a.m. Open 
June 12 p.m. Roanoke. VA - Garden City Grace Brethren Church 

p.m. Boones Mill. VA - Grace Brethren Church 
June 13 p.m. Johnson City. TN - Grace Brethren Church 

p m Telford. TN - Grace Brethren Church 
June 14 p.m. Dryhill, KY - Victory Mountain Grace Brethren Chapel 

p m Clayhole. KY - Grace Brethren Church 
June 15 p.m. Atlanta, GA - Dekalb Community Grace Brethren Church 

p m Atlanta. GA - Grace Brethren Church 
June 16 p.m. Open 

p m. Brooksville. FL - Grace Brethren Church 

- Open 
p.m. Open 
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R - Grace Brethren Church 
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HOME MISSIONS 



Love in Action 



by Gary Hable 



In November. 1986, my wife, Marie, and I met 
with 12 people near Escanaba. MI who were con- 
templating beginning a Grace Brethren Church. 
As we talked with them, we caught their vision and 
felt that the Lord wanted us to help them start the 
church. 

However, one obstacle loomed before us. There 
would be no financial support and there were no 
promises for the future. We would have to move to 
this community in the upper peninsula of 
Michigan from our home in north central Ohio -- 
some 475 miles. We would also have to find 
employment once we arrived. 

From the day we started to pack the moving 
truck, there has been one demonstration of love 
after another. With the help of friends from the 
Calvary Grace Brethren Church in Walbridge. OH. 
the church which had commissioned us. we arriv- 
ed in Escanaba on January 19. Upon arrival, we 
were greeted with a home cooked venison dinner. 




When Denny and Jimmy Wellman installed the 
stove in the Hable's kitchen, it meant the new Bay 
De Noc Grace Brethren Church could begin having 
pot-luck dinners after church! 



Because of the distance, it had been impossible 
for us to find housing before our arrival. Denny 
Wellman came to the rescue and found a house in 
an excellent location which also gave us room to 
begin the church. The house had been vacant for 
several months, so Denny and his wife. Kathy and 
Jimmy and Maxine Wellman worked hard to pre- 
pare it for our arrival. They thoroughly cleaned 



and winterized it. not only washing walls, but put- 
ting up storm windows in the middle of winter and 
providing a generous supply of firewood. 

With all our belongings safely inside our new 
home, we were anxious to begin worship services. 
We wanted to follow our first service with a pot- 
luck dinner, but we did not have a cooking stove. 
A couple of days later. Denny and Jimmy showed 
up at our doorstep with a stove and went to work 
installing it. As they finished, they commented 
that we would no longer have an excuse not to have 
a pot-luck, so the next Sunday, we did. 




As Nathan and David Hable look on, Jimmy 
Wellman constructs a pulpit for the Bay De Noc 
Grace Brethren Church. He used cedar from hi$\ 
backyard to make the podium. 



My hopes of finding employment were high at 
first, but as time went on. it wasn't looking good. 
I was either over qualified or not qualified at all. 
Our small savings account was forced to stretch 
over several months. During this time, the families 
in the church played a unique role in meeting our 
needs. Some provided us with home canned 
vegetables, others made bread and canned wild 
game or gave us grocery items. Firewood was pro- 
vided to heat our home for the rest of the winter. 

We originally were holding services in our liv- 
ing room and in no time at all, we began to 
outgrow it. It was time to convert our two-car 
garage into a worship area. With great expecta- 
tions, the men of the church jumped in and began 
to work. They supplied a pot-belly stove for heat 
and carpeting and padding to cover the floor. Their 
wives transformed bed sheets into fancy new 
drapes. In no time, our garage was transformed in- 
to a cozy chapel in the wilderness. 



HERALD/ May 15 



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HOME MISSIONS 






Our first pulpit consisted of cardboard boxes 
covered with a blanket. Jimmy took some cedar 
trees which were laying in his backyard to a 
sawmill where they were cut into lumber. Then he 
used them to craft a beautiful new pulpit. 

One weekend, my Yokefellow came from Ohio. 
His visit coincided with the smelt run and our 
church was going to have a fish fry fellowship as 
a result. We set up our usual make-shift tables, 
plywood over sawhorses. Before he left, he had pro- 
vided the church with three banquet tables and 
some folding chairs. 

The Bay De Noc Grace Brethren Church was 
started by faith and the demonstration of God's 
love for His people. As the church has grown, this 
love has continued. In September. Marie under- 
went major surgery. When she returned home 
from the hospital, the families of the church pro- 
vided meals for the next two weeks. 

God has given us some wonderful people to share 
in the development of this new church. Some, 
though needy themselves, have overflowed with 
generosity. They have truly demonstrated their love 
for the Lord Jesus Christ by serving others, a 




The Bay De Noc Grace Brethren Church in the 
"chapel in the wilderness," a converted two-car 
garage. 



Gary Hable pastors the Bay De Noc Grace 
Brethren Church at Escanaba. MI. He and his wife. 
Marie, have two sons. Nathan and David. 



fa 




Loving 

Them Into the 

Kingdom 



My wife, Cathy, and I met Mike and Sally* at a 
'birthday party a family in our church had for their 
Ifour-year-old daughter. Mike is a mechanic and has 
Isince fixed our car (which all too often needs his at- 
tention). As we have spent time together over the 
|past year, we have seen them change from acquain- 
itances to real friends. 

Mike and I have hunted together a number of 
itimes. We have had many meals and other times 
(together socially. Cathy and I have come to love 
ithem. 

Early on in our relationship, Mike made it clear 
to me, a preacher, they were Catholic and were go- 
ing to remain that! It was a message he wanted n 
to know and to know clearly. A year later. I inv 
them to attend our Fellowship Sunday. 



by Tbny Webb 



hesitation, Mike agreed to come, saying that two ser- 
vices (his at the Catholic Church earlier in the mor- 
ning and then ours at 10:30 a.m.j would do him a 
world of good! As it turned out. something came up 
and they were unable to attend. 

Love does make a difference and we are trying to 
love Mike and Sally and their children into the 
Kingdom of God. We want to see them accept Christ, 
not because they will be a statistic for our church, 
but because they are real, dear friends and we want 
them to be set free from sin as only in Jesus Christ. 
That is why we are here in Gettysburg, 
r real names 



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he Grace Brethren Church 



LD/ May 15, 1988 



HOW TO: 



Software 

is the 

Key 




by Rita Atwell Holler 



Using a key to unlock your 
church or office door is 
something you do without think- 
ing. If you want to enter the 
world of computers, the key you 
need is software. 

The software determines what 
functions the computer will per- 
form. It is quite important and 
there are a variety of programs 
available. There are two different types of software 
for churches. One type is an educational package 
and the other is administrative software. 

Administrative software is the type used for 
church business. It is the package most pastors are 
interested in acquiring first. These packages or 
programs are often written by programmers who 
have been former pastors or lay people. A good 
software package depends on the programmer's 
knowledge of programming and of the functions 
needed by a computer user. 

As a computer user you get to pick the ad- 
ministrative program that you think will suit you 
best. An administrative package deals with the 
people, finances, word processing, and mailings of 
a church. The package should provide improved 
ways of communication. It should give you infor- 
mation about people and let you pass messages 
to them quickly and easily. 

People make up churches and data about them 
is covered in every church computer program. The 
information about the member varies from pro- 
gram to program. Usually the program uses the 
name, address, sex, marital status, children, oc- 
cupation, birth date, education, and other vital 
statistics of a person. Some programs include the 
previous church affiliation, baptismal information, 
talents, blood type, and, if there are children, their 
grades and schools. 

The details included in a program vary and you 
can choose from a large array of informative, per- 
sonal data records. Most of the setups include 
previous church jobs held by the member. This 
lists the committees the person served on and the 
positions he has held within the church. 




Some of the programs use an offering envelope 
number to identify member's files while others use 
the member's name or parts of it. Most of the soft- 
ware allows any of these details to be merged with 
the word processing or mailing functions. 

Church and Sunday School attendance records 
for each class or service are maintained. One pro- 
gram allows you to mark the people present or ab- 
sent. This simplifies the job because you can mark 
the absentees if there are less or visa-versa. 

The church can define the membership status 
in a good software package. There are designations 
for church members like active, non-resident, or 
a member that comes three times a year. 

Correlating dates is a feature to take into con- 
sideration. Sending birthday cards, or writing en- 
couraging notes to people on anniversary dates 
can personalize a church's ministry. 

The Sunday School Class is recorded for each 
member and the lesson material being used. 
When it's time to reorder material, all the informa- 
tion is in the computer. 

Visitors are another important part of people- 
related church records. With the right software, the 
church secretary can send any church mailings to 
one visitor or all your visitors. 

Perhaps the people did not visit the church, but 
church leaders or laymen visited in their home or 
made contact with them elsewhere. It is possible 
to keep in touch with these prospects and have an 
on-going record of these meetings, letters, or other 
forms of communication. 

Another aspect of the computer is the way it can 
generate a list of any designated group of people. 



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HERALD/ May 15, 198 



HOW TO: 



I You can go by age, location, name, membership 
I status, visitor, or Sunday School Class. Everyone can 
I receive personalized mailings regularly from the 
! church. It will assist you in further outreach in your 
community. 

Are there other nationalities in your area? Some 

computer programs have national character sets for 

the keyboard. If you work with other nationalities, 

I you can slant your letters to them using their 

• language. 

One vendor has a program calendar. It provides 
I automatic reminder notices for each committee or 
I class member about an upcoming meeting. With 
this system you can reserve rooms or buses for 
i specific dates throughout the year. It has designa- 
i tion for other resources to be reserved, too. 

Some things to ask about when you are con- 
sidering software are: How does the program han- 
I die titles if the female is a Dr. or other professional 
and the male is Mr.? Can you customize 
J categories? What's the yearly number of weeks 
available for tracking Sunday School and worship 
services? 

Under the financial part of the software there are 
categories for pew and special offerings as well as 
, pledges. Most of these are controlled by using an 
i envelope number. The number system keeps the in- 
, formation private. The person recording the amount 
I doesn't usually know who gave what when no name 
is listed. "... thy Father which sees in secret himself 
: shall reward thee openly." Matthew 6:4 KJV. 

Printing out financial reports monthly, quarterly, 
j or annually is part of many programs. Some have 
a feature that provides a reminder notice to 
parishioners when they are behind in their pledge 
payments. 

There are variations in the number of fund ac- 
counts available. The most available is 99 giving 
tracks. These can be divided into regular giving or 
pledges as you desire. 

Software should print out checks and merge 
financial reports with the membership list. Giving 
receipts to parishioners at the end of the year should 
become easier with a computer. 

Check for the speed and ease of the data input. 
Go for a program where the financial figure is 
i entered one time and the program automatically 
records the information in other places. 
Some questions to ask your vendor: How many 
| offerings will the program handle? Can the finan- 
cial information be merged with the word process- 
ing program? Will the program automatically line 
up the decimal points in the column of figures? 
Word processing provides printed materials. 
These include letters, mailing labels, lists, posters, 
announcements, and sermon notes. A pastor, 
! secretary, or lay person can produce these without 
i any muss or fuss. Letters and other church mailings 
! can become personal when you use the best com 
i puter software available. 

JKRALD/ May 15, 1988 



If you want to send letters about a youth activity 
to all the 12 to 15 year-olds, you can do it. The 
greeting on each letter can be "Dear" with the 
adolescent's first name. Mailing labels can be 
printed and everything sent out in a much shorter 
time than ever before. 

When Mrs. Johnson says, "Pastor, I'd like to have 
your sermon notes from last Sunday. I learned a 
valuable lesson and I want to share it with my 
sister." You can print out those notes with the com- 
puter for your parishioner in a few minutes. One 
church sends the pastor's Wednesday night sermon 
notes to all the students and armed service people 
each month. 

This innovative way to supply sermon notes 
makes your ministry more personal and wide- 
reaching. Sermon outlines for each service can be 
another asset of word processing. 

Other things to look for are word wrap, a search 
and replace feature, and margin justifications. Get 
a demonstration of the software to make sure it can 
handle your work requirements. 

Ask your computer software salesman these 
questions: Does the program do automatic page 
numbering and line centering? Can it underline, 
double underline, boldface, put in superscripts, 
subscripts, footnotes, headings, and tabulate 
printed material? Will it cut stencils? 

If you write a lot of letters or post cards for your 
people, you will find the computer a time saver. The 
mail merge feature is something you will want to 
have. Again you should see it demonstrated. If you 
print monthly newsletters for your parishioners, 
make sure your software will handle it. The format 
used for some newsletters is three columns on a 
sheet of paper, not all software or printers can han- 
dle this. Ask about the one you're considering. 

When shopping for software ask questions. Select 
a vendor who will readily answer them and one who 
doesn't have to search for the information. Take ex- 
amples of your work and have the capabilities of the 
software demonstrated to you. Some companies 
allow you to use their software before purchasing it, 
why not take advantage of this? 

As one user commented, "You can read all the 
material you want, but until you actually get your 
hands on it; are you going to see the power of it? 
Nothing beats a demonstration." 

Enter the world of computing via a good church 
administrative software package. It is the key to the 
computer which enables you to reach out to church 
members and your community. Once you've worked 
with it for a few months, it will seem as easy to use 
as the key that unlocks your church or office door. 

Rita Atwell Holler is a free lance writer from York. PA. 
In addition to writing and studying computers, she en- 
joys reading, camping, biking, hunting, swimming and 
'photography. She is a member of the National 
Evangelical Writer's Society. 



11 



GBC CHRISTIAN EDUCATION 



CE Board Meets 
At Long Beach GBC 



CE's TIME Ministries 

Please remember these people in prayer. 




CE Board of Directors and Executive Staff, 
pictured from left to right: (front row) Brad Skiles, 
Mitch Picard, Steve Peters, Ed Lewis, Ed Cashman; 
(second row) Bud Olszewski, Bernie Simmons, Ray 
Feather, EJ Underwood; and (third row) Paul 
Mutchler, Don Byers, Mike Clapham, Steve Jarrell, 
and Dave Belcher. 

The board of directors for GBC Christian Educa- 
tion recendy held their annual spring board meeting 
at the Long Beach, CA, GBC on March 6-8, 1988. 
The board and staff were able to attend the Sunday 
morning worship service at the church and then at- 
tended area Grace Brethren churches Sunday even- 
ing. On Monday, March 7, the CE board and staff 
formed committees with the Long Beach staff to 
discuss various local church ministries and 
brainstorm on ways the two ministries could work 
together in ministry to the Fellowship of Grace 
Brethren Churches. Dr. Dick Mayhue, senior pastor 
of the Long Beach GBC, shared a personal challenge 
with the CE board and on Tuesday, pastor Jay Bell 
led the 14-member board on a cross-cultural tour 
of inner city Long Beach and described the church's 
ministry to Cambodians and other internationals. 
Meeting at the Long Beach GBC reflects a decision 
of the CE board to hold their board meetings in local 
churches so that CE board and staff can be exposed 
to new ministries and keep a focus on serving the 
local church. 



Tillapaughs Challenge Pastors 

CE's Ridgeerest '88 conference for pastors, youth 
pastors, associates, and women in ministry, was a 
tremendous success. Eighty-six people attended the 
week-long conference, April 4-8, which featured 
Frank Tillapaugh, pastor of the Bear Valley Baptist 
Church, and his wife, Mary; Ed Trenner, consulting 
associate with Masterplanning Group International; 
and Don Roscoe, instructor for Sonlife Ministries. A 
children's track was led and coordinated by Mitch 
Picard, children's pastor at the Lititz, PA, GBC. 



Euro Missions Institute 
May 26-June 23. 1988 

Kimberlv Clingenpeel 

Roanoke. VA. Ghent GBC 

Kip Cone 

Winona Lake. IN. GBC 

Doni Cosgrove 

Royersford. PA. Tri-County GBC 

Jenny DeYoung 

Warsaw, IN. Community GBC 

Mary Hicks 

Hagerstou'n. MD 

Maranatha Brethren Church 

Beth Holiday 

Peru. IN. GBC 

Annette Miller 

Winona Lake. IN. GBC 

Chris Nelson 

Warsau'. IN 

Kelly O'Conner 

Columbus, OH. GBC 

Gene O'Hara 

Warsau'. IN. Community GBC 

Dan and Kristen Rudat 

Orange. CA. Grace Church 

Thad Russell 

Huntington. IN 

Rhonda Seese 

Johnstown. PA. 

Geistown. GBC 

Jeff and Brenda Smith 

Mansfield. OH. GBC 

Steve Smith 

Warsaw. IN. Community GBC 

Anita Snyder 

Columbus. OH. GBC 

Pastor Bill and Shirley Stevens 

Late Odessa. MI, GBC 

Brian Weaver 

Ashland. OH. GBC 

Kendra Williams 

Columbus. OH. GBC 

Rodney Wilson 

Warsaut. IN 

Safari of Hope 

TIME Team to Africa 

May 28-July 7. 1988 

Martin Garber, Leader 

Missionary to the CA.R. 

Deb Austin 

Warsau). IN. Community GBC 

Rich Bustraan 

Ft. Lauderdale, FL. GBC 

Jonathan Carey 

Akron. OH. Eliet GBC 

Jim Hale 

Greenwood. IL 

Wendy Musser 

Fremont. OH. GBC 

Dan Siegrist 

Pinellas Park. FL. GBC 

Kim Sutton 

Warsaw, IN 

Benjamin Taylor 

Bellfiower. CA. Brethren Church 

Jeana Tharp 

Paloslcala. OH 

GBC of Licking County 

Shawn VanStee 

Alio. MI. Calvary GBC 

Darrin Williams 

Salem. OH 

Japan Philippines TIME Team 

Suzanne Pierce (Japan) 

Manchester. IN 

June 15-August 12. 1988 

Pam Truekenbrod 

Mendota. IN 

July 14-August 18, 1988 

Brazil TIME Team 

July 10 August 17, 1988 

Robert Brownwood 

San Diego. CA 

Linda Geiger 

Lititz. PA, GBC 

Richard Hoover 

Armagh. PA. Valley GBC 

The TIME (Training In Missionary Endeai 
Education offering short-term missions 



Sean and JoAnne Murdock 

Warsau'. IN. Community GBC 

Kevin and Cheryl Wallace 

Kokomo, IN. North GBC 

Spain TIME Team 

June 20July 15, 1988 

Kelly Burby 

Columbus. OH. GBC 

Rebecca Lawhorne 

Buena Vista. VA. First Brethren 

Dan and Kristen Rudat 

Orange. CA. Grace Church 

Simon Tbroian 

Duncansville. PA 

Leamersville GBC 

Mexico TIME Team 

July 1-July 30, 1988 

Scott Miles, Leader 

Youth Pastor 

Akron, OH, Fairlawn GBC 

Kimberlv Criss 

Wooster OH. GBC 

Dawn Crookston 

Akron. OH. Fairlawn GBC 

Heather Keers 

Lakeland. FL. GBC 

Kelton Kear 

Akron. OH. Fairlawn GBC 

Michael Lee 

Wooster. OH. GBC 

Jennifer Shields 

Minerva. OH. GBC 

Jerald Stachler 

Akron. OH. Fairlawn GBC 

Bart Waress 

Akron. OH. Fairlawn GBC 

Letitia Wiley 

Minerua. OH. GBC 

Amy Zigler 

Wooster, OH. GBC 

General TIME Workers 

Jeff Briggs 

Ashland. OH. GBC 

Serving at Dryhill. KY 

June 18-August 6. 1988 

Lori Bickel 

Goshen. IN. GBC 

Serving in Mexico 

June 1-August 10. 1988 

Karen Broach 

Lexington. OH. GBC 

Serving at the Navajo Mission 

August 29. 1988^June 5. 1989 

Craig and Marlene Byers 

Leesburg. IN. GBC 

Serving at the Navajo Mission 

January 4^June 4. 1988 

Kathv O'Kresik 

Dayton. OH. First GBC 

Serving at the Navajo Mission 

June 10-July 29. 1988 

Lisa Landis 

Columbus. OH. GBC 

Serving in France 

May 26. 1988-May 26. 1989 

Sean and JoAnne Murdock 

Warsaw, IN. GBC 

Serving in Brazil 

July 9. 1988June 10. 1989 

Penny Schroeder 

Columbus. OH. GBC 

Serving in Spain 

January 1-September 1. 1988 

Anita Snyder 

IVeuj Holland. PA. GBC 

Serving in France 

June 24. 1988-May 26. 1989 

Madelyne Underwood 

Blacklick. OH. Eastside GBC 

Serving in Germany 

March 9-May 24. J98S 

Dave and Tina Watkins 

Alexandria. VA. GBC 

Serving at the Navajo Mission 

August 6. 1987 July 7, 1988 

Chris and Cindy Valeno 

Mansfield. OH ' 

Serving at the Navajo Mission 

August 8. 1988-August 21. 1989 
vor) program is a ministry of GBC Christian 
experience for youth and adults. 



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GRACE SCHOOLS 



Daron Butler: ministry now 

to prepare for ministry later 



"l am a Navajo. And I am a Christian." Daron 
Butler's special cultural identity and his strong 
Christian faith do not pose any conflict for him. 
Instead, he sees special opportunities. He plans a 
life of ministry among young Navajo people. 

Daron is a graduate of Grace College and has 
just ended his first year as a Master of Divinity stu- 
dent in Grace Theological Seminary. 

As a young man in Counselor, New Mexico, he 
could have entered any one of several colleges and 
universities. "I had made up my mind to attend 
a Christian college," he explains, "because I 
wanted to base my life on God's Word. I knew I 
needed an education in accord with that." 

Grace graduates at the Brethren Navajo Mission 
in Counselor encouraged him to come to Winona 
Lake, however. "'Encouraged' might not be the 
best word for it," Daron says. "Angie Garber and 
Larry Wedertz gave me tons of information about 
Grace." Wedertz, in addition to heading the mis- 
sion, is a member of the Grace board of trustees. 
Angie Garber, a 1951 graduate of the seminary, 
has served at the Brethren Navajo Mission for 37 
years. Daron is one of eight young people from the 
Navajo nation who are now studying on the Grace 
campus. 

When he graduated last year from Grace Col- 
lege, Daron was not planning to return for 
seminary. He wanted to move back to New Mexico 
and begin working among Navajo young people as 
a high school counselor. But a summer mission 
trip helped him to see a further educational need. 
"I found I needed to be better prepared to ad- 
dress a lot of biblical issues in ministry," Daron 
recalls. "It's important, because we're talking 
eternity - young people's lives - when we are 
ministering and teaching. I knew I'd better get my 
act together." He hurried through the admissions 
process and began classes at the seminary in the 
three-year M.Div. program last fall. 

Daron will say that only part of his education 
comes from the seminary classroom, while a great 
deal of it takes place through ministry activities. 
Ministry characterized his college years, when 
at various times Daron served as a Bible study 
leader, resident assistant, participant and leader 
in Ministry in Action, and class and student body 
officer. 

"When I first came to campus, I was introverted. 




That was a natural for me. I was the only Navajo 
here and I didn't know anyone. But I also was deter- 
mined to learn as much as I could and then go back 
to New Mexico. I did not know - in fact I still don't 
know - in what specific ways God plans to use me. 
But I knew that right off the bat I needed to get in- 
volved with the people, professors, and ministries 
here in order to learn what I would need when I 
return to my people." 

Daron still leads a Ministry in Action team from 
Grace in an innercity work in Indianapolis. Three 
times each semester, the team of seminary and col- 
lege students travels to Indianapolis to conduct ac- 
tivities for young people through a mission there. 
And he seizes every opportunity to learn more 
about young people and how to minister to them. 
For example, he could return to his apartment for 
lunch every day. That would be the least expensive 
alternative. But Daron eats with students in the Din- 
ing Commons on campus in order to maintain con- 
tact with young people. "It's more expensive, but it's 
ministry - ministry now which is helping me 
prepare for ministry later. 

"When I was young, my parents told me that if 
I knew the Lord and followed Him, I could do 
anything I wanted to do. That motivates me. As 
Christians, we need to do our best. We need to be 
right up front, on the cutting edge, with everything 
developing around us in the world. We need to be 
there to address the issues from the perspective of 
truth. 

"But we also need balance. You do your best, you 
be all you can be, and at the same time, you must 
be involved in lives and ministry. Education is not 
just academics. About 25 percent of it is in the 
classroom, and the rest is outside." 

And education is not an end. It is a means to an 
end, Daron believes. 

"I want to work with Navajo people, whether on 
the reservation, in a city, or right here. I believe I was 
saved in order to minister to people - no matter who 
they are. Maybe the Lord will put me overseas - I 
don't want to, but maybe He will. The point is, after 
seminary I will have the capabilities to go wherever 
he leads me. That's what motivates me." M 



(Note: Daron Butler is one of six Grace students who are the subject of 
feature articles in the upcoming June Grace Magazine. For a free 
subscription to the magazine, write Editor. Grace Magazine. 200 
Seminary Drive. Winona Lake. Indina 46590.1 



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HERALD/ May 15, 191<> 



WOMEN'S MISSIONARY COUNCIL 



National WMC Update 



by Margie Devan, President 



The National WMC Executive 
Committee met in Winona Lake 
in March and received some en- 
couraging reports of what God is 
doing through WMC. 

For a number of years, we have 
wanted to produce a "WMC 
Handbook" which would bring 
together all our information and 
helps in one binder. Much work 
has been put into this by several 
women, but the finished product 
stayed outside our reach. This 
past year, a committee of women 
from the West Penn District has 
spent many hours working on 
the "Handbook", and after final 
editing, we plan to have it printed 
and available by Conference 
time. We are planning a 
workshop to present the Hand- 
book during the CE Conference. 

Much work has also gone into 
the SMM program this year and 
we are encouraged by the pro- 
gress that has been made by a 
group of women who are revising 
the materials. Using a master 
plan, they are designing goals 
and selecting materials which 
will help our girls to mature 




Mount Climbing 

1987-88 Giving 

Third Quarter National Project 
Foreign Missions 

Truck, medical supplies for pygmy work - $5,000 
Computers for Japan, Argentina, N. Brazil, Spain - $4,000 

Missionaries of the Year Offering 

Tbward support of the five 1987-88 

WMC Missionaries of the Year, 

honoring years of service. 

Memory Passage — 

Matthew 5s3-12 



WMC Executive Committee - left to right Linda Unruh, Lillian Teeter, 
Ruth Snyder, Joyce Ashman, Margie Devan, Isobel Fraser, Debbie 
Adams, Ella Lee Risser, Janet Minnix, Betty Ogden. 



spiritually, physically and social- 
ly. Strong emphases on missions 
and discipleship are included. 

We were pleased to approve the 
hiring of a new director for the 
oversight of the SMM ministry. 
The new director will be 
announced by the CE office soon. 
She will help in SMM and other 
ministries of GBC Christian 
Education, beginning this fall. 

Terry Julien has designed a new 
logo for WMC which more clearly 
portrays our love for God's Word 
and missions. Be watching for it. 
I think you'll like it! 

Much is also being accom- 
plished by local and district WMC 
groups as we minister to and sup- 
port our missionaries and edify 
each other. I am reminded that 
''God is not unrighteous to forget 
your work and labor of love, 
which you have shown toward 
His name, in that ye have 
ministered to the saints, and do 
minister." Hebrews 6:10 

Keep up the good work! 




ERALD/ May 15, 1988 



15 



DEVOTIONAL 



A Challenge to Women 

by Raeann Hart 



What better time than the month in which we 
celebrate Mother's Day to challenge women to a 
more active role in serving our creator. 

As Christians, we are in process. We are learn- 
ing more about who Christ is and are learning to 
become more Christlike. The most vital 
challenge for women today is to faithfully 
spend time in God's Word. How can we grow to 
be more like Christ if we don't know who He is? 
How can we find out who He is if we don't read, 
study and meditate upon His Word -- daily? "The 
Word became flesh and made his dwelling 
among us." John 1:14. It is essential that we make 
time to spend with the Lord. We can be creative. 
We can pray at stoplights when driving, we can 
prop a Bible verse up on our window sill while we 
are washing dishes or tape it to the mirror while 
cleaning the bathroom. We can sing praises to our 
Lord while scrubbing floors, pulling weeds, driv- 
ing to work and rocking children. A creative mom 
I know steals away to a church down the street to 
read the Bible and pray for 20 minutes each day. 
It isn't important whether we get up earlier or stay 
up later or skip a television show to spend time in 
God's word, but it is extremely important that we 
get our wisdom and encouragement from the cor- 
rect source. "All Scripture is God-breathed and is 
useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and 
training in righteousness, so that the man (and 
woman) of God may be thoroughly equipped for 
every good work." II Timothy 3:16,17. 

Practice Hospitality 

Once we are thoroughly equipped for every good 
work, we can practice hospitality We are com- 
manded to "Offer hospitality to one another 
without grumbling." I Peter 4:9 and to "Share 
with God's people who are in need. Practice 
hospitality." Romans 12:13. In the hustle and 
bustle of the '80's, we seem to have lost our abili- 
ty to open our homes to others. 

First let's discuss the requirements for hospitali- 
ty. The Bible does not tell us that we must have 
an expensive, perfectly decorated, tidy home and 
be able to serve lobster and steak in order to enter- 
tain. The Bible does command us to share, en- 
courage, and practice hospitality. The emphasis is 
on a sacrifice of our time, a giving of ourselves. Our 
homes should be open to our Christian friends, of 
course, but also to our children's friends, 



neighbors, and non-Christian acquaintances. One 
of the most neglected areas of hospitality is to 
visitors and new members in our churches. The 
temptation is to spend our limited free time with 
close friends with whom we have the most in com- 
mon and that is understandable. However, we 
must reach out to others of different ages, 
backgrounds and experiences. A visitor to our 
church needs to feel welcome to want to return. 

If your style of entertaining is to serve a 5 course 
dinner on fine china, that is wonderful. If your 
style is hot dogs or pizza or popcorn after church 
on Sunday evening, that is just as good. Plan to 
relax and enjoy your company and have a goal. 
Your goal could be to become better acquainted or 
to spur one another on to good works or to build 
bridges to share our Savior. It is also helpful to in- 
clude your entire family in the preparations. You 
can tell your children as they help you set the 
table, "We have invited the Millers over for dinner 
because they have visited our church and we want 
to get to know them a little better and share what 
our Lord has done for us and our family." 

Hebrews 13:2 reminds us of the importance of 
hospitality. "Do notforget to entertain strangers, 
for by so doing some people have entertained 
angels without knowing it." 

Develop a Ministry 

The opportunities for women to serve the Lord I 
today are more varied than they have ever been. 
Women are able to teach Sunday School, write ar- 
ticles, speak for groups, care for the church library 
or nursery, help in the church office, serve on the 
board for Christian organizations, lead a Bible 
study, be active in the WMC, send packages to mis- J 
sionaries and pray for others. In too many 
churches, a small group of individuals are doing 
the majority of the work. There are plenty of op- , 
portunities for every woman to serve in her own 
way using her own special gifts. 

When Paul was writing to Titus he said, "teach 
the older women to be reverent in the way they 
live, not to be slanderers or addicted to much 
wine, but to teach what is good. Then they can 
train the younger women to love their husbands 
and children, to be self-controlled and pure, to be 
busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to 
their husbands, so that no one will malign the 
word of God." (Titus 2:3-5). 



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DEVOTIONAL 




'"lb be busy, self-controlled and pure" are keys 
to having a happy heart. Have you ever noticed 
that the women who are actively working to serve 
the Lord do not have time to complain, back bite 
and feel sorry for themselves? Women who con- 
centrate on being reverent, loving and busy for the 
Lord will not malign the Word of God. 

If you have not developed an area of service, pray 
about it. Search the Scriptures, pray and ask a 
trustworthy Christian friend to help you find your 
particular gifts for service. A call to the church of- 
fice or the president of your WMC should give you 
a list of projects that could use your assistance. 

Have you ever noticed how cheerful the people 
are who serve the Lord the most? "God loves a 
cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace 
abound to you, so that in all things at all times, 
having all that you need, you will abound in 
every good work." 2 Corinthians 9:7b,8. I believe 
this verse is telling us that when we give of our 
time to the Lord's work, we cannot help but be 
cheerful, having all that we need, abounding in 
every good work. Not only are the Lord's workers 
naturally more cheerful, they don't have time to 
get discouraged and complain. 

When you are actively involved in the Lord's 
work, you can see the work that He is doing in the 
people and activities around you and you will get 
the opportunity to see the harvest. 

Cultivate a Gentle 
and Quiet Spirit 

"Your beauty should not come from outward 
adornment, such as braided hair and the we 

SRALD/ May 15, 1988 



ing of gold jewelry and fine clothes. Instead, it 
should be that of your inner self, the unfading 
beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is 
of great worth in God's sight." I Peter 3:3,4. Pro- 
verbs shows the result of the opposite of a quiet 
spirit when it tells us that it is "Better to live on 
a corner of the roof than share a house with a 
quarrelsome wife." (25:24). 

The Bible gives us great incentives to develop a 
quiet spirit and a cheerful nature. Consider these 
Proverbs. "Pleasant words are like an 
honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the 
bones." (16:24) "A merry heart doeth good like a 
medicine, but a broken spirit drieth the bones." 
(17:22). "Whatever is true, whatever is noble, 
whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is 
lovely, whatever is admirable - if anything is ex- 
cellent or praiseworthy - think about such 
things." Philippians 4:8. 

Paul wrote to the Ephesians, "Do not let any un- 
wholesome talk come out of your mouths, but on- 
ly what is helpful for building others up accor- 
ding to their needs, that it may benefit those who 
listen." (4:29) If we continually strive to spend time 
in the Lord's word, develop a ministry of service 
for the kingdom, practice hospitality and guard 
our tongues, we will develop a quiet and gentle 
spirit that will be of great worth in God's sight. We 
cannot do these things without God's help, but he 
has promised to help us. "May our Lord Jesus 
Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us 
and by His grace gave us eternal encouragement 
and good hope, encourage your hearts and 
strengthen you in every good deed and word. 
nessalonians 2:16,17 



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Reaching 
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Ttop I 

by Larry W. Poland 



It was a lovely lunch at one of Burbank, Califor- 
nia's, finest restaurants. The swank dining room 
was filled with network television executives cut- 
ting deals and hearing pitches for program ideas. 
There was a different kind of conversation going 
on at our table between my host and me. 

"Larry," said the distinguished, fiftyish 
gentleman across from me, "know a good church 
in which to have your daughter christened?" 

"Why would you want to do that?" I replied, 
somewhat to his surprise. 

"Well, I thought you'd approve of that - your be- 
ing in religion and all," he replied. 

"I didn't say I didn't approve of it. I just would 
like some more information." 
"Like what?" he asked. 

"Oh, like, have you and your wife ever prayed 
together and dedicated this little doll to God on 
your own?" 

"I can't say that we have." 
"Do you ever pray at all?" 
He thought that question over a minute before 
replying, "Well, I say a prayer with my daughter 
at night when I tuck her in." 

"Do you feel you are on intimate, talking terms 
with God?" 

"Well, I believe in the Father, Son, and Holy 
Ghost ..." He rambled on with something that 
sounded a lot like stuff he'd memorized in his high 
school catechism class. 

"Would you like to know how to have a personal 
relationship with Christ?" 
"Yes, I really would." 

A few minutes later this man was praying over 
the table to invite Jesus Christ to be his personal 
savior. In fact, he prayed it with such enthusiasm 
and conviction that a number of other people near 
us in the restaurant couldn't help hearing it! 



"Wonderful," you say, "another person comes to 
know Christ. But what is so unusual about that?" 

The unusual part is that this man is vice presi- 
dent at one of the three major television networks, 
one of perhaps a dozen people with a "final say" 
in what his network airs. The unusual part is that 
a person in the "top ten percent" of those with 
wealth, knowledge, and power in our society came 
to Christ. The unusual part is that someone 
witnessed to him. 

After seven years of ministry in the inner sanc- 
tums of power in film and television in Hollywood 
and New York, I am convinced that there is a very 
significant "unreached people group" at the top 
of America's social pyramid. Six months of 
research into the spiritual dynamics of the leader- 
ship levels of film and TV showed me that some 
of America's most influential people - people that 
program what America thinks about seven-and-a- 
half hours a day - have been overlooked in the pur- 
suit of the lost for Jesus Christ. 

But that doesn't surprise me. As a student of per- 
sonal evangelism for a quarter of a century, I have 
observed that most people will not witness up the 
social structure. They will not witness to the boss. 
They will not witness to the bank president. When 
I was in university work, I found that students 
didn't witness to professors, professors didn't 
witness to deans, and deans didn't witness to 
presidents or board members. If they witnessed at 
all, they witnessed on their own perceived social 
level or lower! 

If you think about that statistically, it does not 
bode well for those that run our society. If the nine- 
ty percent of us that do not hold power will not 
witness to the ten percent of those who do, then 
how will they hear unless the scant number of 
believers at their level do it? A society cannot really 



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DKMIIKW^ JCVAnUJUl^lSTIC MINISTRIES 



be changed by the Gospel through ministries that 
focus on the disenfranchised -- drug rehab, rescue 
mission, and jail ministries, for example. We must 
reach the "down and out!" We must also reach the 
"up and out." 

One spectacular thing about Jesus' witness was 
that He could love people into the kingdom that 
were common fishermen, tax collectors, or pro- 
stitutes, but he could also reach the powerful cen- 
turions and the wealthy Lazaruses, and Josephs 
of Arimethea! 

Let me make a few suggestions that I trust will 
help you target your witness on the "powerful 
people." 

1. Make sure you have some influential people 
on your prayer list. Pray for the mayor, the 
school principal, the president of XYZ, Inc., or 
the top lady socialite. Pray that God will prepare 
a way for you to share Christ with the persons 
you pray for. 

2. Be sensitive to their culture. The first rules 
of mission work are "learn the language and ad- 
just to the culture." This may mean that you will 
want to have lunch at the Hyatt or Marriott 
rather than the "golden arches." And you may 
need to wear your "Sunday best" rather than 
your "grubbies." 

3. Love' em in the Spirit. Be sure that you are 
filled with the Spirit and that the love of Christ 
is showing through you to them in every interac- 
tion. Everybody at the top will tell you that it 
is really lonely up there. At the top you are the 
focus of a lot of contempt from ill-motivated peo- 
ple -jealousy, contempt for authority, and gross 
misunderstanding. If you show a genuine, spirit- 
motivated love and concern, it will be an "of- 
fense for which there is no defense." 

4. Don't be intimidated. The more intimidated 
you are, the more awkward they will feel. The 
more comfortable you feel, the more comfor- 
table they will feel. This will be tougher for you 
if you have a weak self image. But remember 
that you have not been given a "spirit of timidi- 
ty but a spirit of power, of love, and of self 
discipline (II Timothy 1:7 NIV)." Claim that bold 
Spirit. 

5. Share the same gospel you would with 
anyone else. I use largely the same words, use 
the same printed tool for sharing Christ, and ask 
them to pray the same prayer I do with the 
"down and out." Don't take an intellectual ap- 
proach. An intellectual approach will draw an 
intellectual response. An approach to the spirit 
will draw a response from the spirit! 

I know it works. I could tell you of a vice presi- 
dent of CBS on his knees with me in a hotel room 
to surrender to Christ. I could tell you of promi- 
nent, Jewish producers who have met Christ. 

ERALD/ May 15, 1988 



could tell you of millionaires and presidents of cor- 
porations that have prayed a simple prayer with 
me to enter the kingdom. 

"Sure," you say, "It's easy for you to say all this. 
You've a Ph.D. You've been a college president. 
You're not very down and out yourself!" 

Guilty as charged. But let me assure you that, 
while those things help make my witness 
somewhat easier, they are not the key. 

Years ago I sat next to an eminent physicist from 
Brookhaven National Laboratory on a plane flight. 
He had a Ph.D. in Physics and was world renowned 
for his research, I learned later. I attempted to 
share Christ with him as we flew along, but he ob- 
viously was uninterested, so I changed the subject. 

Later, after the meal was served, we sat in silence 
until he broke it with a strange statement. 

"You know," he exclaimed, "I don't know how 
people can be so oblivious to what is going on here! 
We are flying along at 600 miles an hour, held aloft 
at 36,000 feet by physical principles in an aircraft 
that's about as long as a football field. We are in 
a warm, comfortable cabin with the atmosphere 
perfectly matched to our breathing, being served 
a meal with the hot food hot and cold food cold. 
How can people be so unaware of the incredible 
principles of physics at work here? 

"I was thinking something very similar," I 
replied. "I was looking out the window at those 
beautiful, snow capped, Colorado mountains with 
the sun glistening off them and wondering how 
anyone could be so oblivious to the fact that a per- 
son can have a personal relationship with the God 
that made them!" 

The eminent physicist froze with his fork of food 
suspended in mid-air. He looked at me and said, 
"That is the same message my cleaning lady gives 
me." 

My friend, Ph.D to Ph.D or cleaning lady to 
Ph.D., God has chosen the "foolishness of the 
Gospel" to be the agent of salvation for those at 
the top as well as those at the bottom. Share it! 



Dr. Larry Poland is the Director of Ministries at Trini- 
ty Evangelical Free Church in Highland, CA and Presi- 
dent of Mastermedia International. Inc.. a multi-faceted 
structure keying on personal ministry in the lives of 
leaders in film and television. 

Dr. Poland is a graduate of Wheaton College (B.A.). 
Grace Theological Seminary (M.Div.j, and Purdue 
University (M.S.. Ph.D.). He served for six years in 
various capacities at Grace College. Winona Lake. IN 
and from 1967-1973 was President of Miami Christian 
College. Miami, FL. For a number of years he was Direc- 
tor of the Agape Movement of Campus Crusade for 
Christ International. He has written numerous articles 
for publications and has authored two books. 
Spirit Power and Rise to Conquer. 
' Dr. LarryPoland and his wife, uonna Lynn, have six 
. ntly reside in Redlands. CA. 



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GRACE SEMINARY 

EXTENSION IN EUROPE 

Enhancing the discipleship ministry of missionary and pastor and 
assisting in the training of church leaders. 
by Trevor Craigen 

Brochures. Prospectuses. Letters. Invoices. Receipts. 
Lists of student statistics. Graded examinations. Course 
assignments. Grade reports. Plastic and paper folders. 
This parade of paper marches regularly across the desk 
to finally bulge in the files. All a mute testimony to of- 
fice activity: all a silent attestation of Grace Seminary 
Extension in Europe in operation. But that's just what 
it is, only inanimate evidence of the presence in Europe 
of this cooperative venture between Grace Theological 
Seminary and Grace Brethren Foreign Missions. 

Push aside the paper. Forget the bulging files. Look 
not at the office with its desks, tables, chairs, lamps, 
bookcases, books, typewriter and computer. Let not your 
eye be attracted by the outward trappings of something 
happening nor let your gaze be plucked away from what 
really counts -- real people, the students, the mis- 
sionaries, and the pastors. 

Pause, then, and let your eye fall upon students whose strong desire to study the Word of God has enabled them 
to sacrifice their annual vacation, to step aside from their normal routine, and to submerge themselves in several 
weeks of intensive instruction in theology and related subjects. 

Wait. Don't leave. Linger a little longer and let your eye also fall upon missionaries and pastors whose strong 
desire to preach and teach the Word of God has profoundly impacted the lives of some men and women, ripe for 
further instruction and preparation. Catch, then, the dynamic combination involved, the formula for the future, 
namely, 

SEMINARY EXTENSION + MISSIONARY/PASTOR + STUDENT = ONGOING MINISTRY 




The letterhead of the Seminary Extension has been 
endorsed with the slogan that succinctly expresses this 
dynamic combination: enhancing the discipleship 
ministry of missionary and pastor and assisting in the 
training of church leaders. 




The discipling work of a missionary is being 
harnessed with the expertise of Seminary professors so 
that students are being better equipped for serving their 
Lord within the local church which that missionary is 



planting. Since students are only in class for a max- 
imum of six weeks each summer they remain very 
much so under the guidance of the missionary or pastor 
and active in ministry. The focus must remain on the 
missionary/discipler in tandem with the Seminary Ex- 
tension and not on the institution as an entity in itself. 
None, at the end of their program, will be viewed as 
graduating from the institution. Rather, all will be 
viewed as graduating through the Seminary on behalf 
of certain missionaries or pastors. 

Course assignments 
available one year in 
advance, give students 
adequate time for pre- 
paration and research 
work and also allow mis- 
sionaries to integrate 
what is demanded of their students with the discipling. 

Madison Avenue-style advertising for student recruit- 
ment is devoid of relevance in such a context of 
theological education on the mission field. Without the 
backing of missionaries and pastors who see the Exten- 
sion as an integral part of the leadership-discipleship 
strategy it would cease operations. 





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Spotlight 
on Students 

Apart from the missionaries with 
out which Grace Seminary Exten- 
sion could not function, the 
spotlight shifts and focuses on 
students, three of whom will 
graduate this summer. Angel Maya 
(from Madrid, Spain), Valeria Fran- 
chi (from Rome, Italy) and 
Elisabeth Schmid (from Sierre, 
Switzerland) should step forward 
on August 12, 1988 to receive their 
Diplomas of Biblical Studies. 

Angel 

Angel is not only a teacher of 
Spanish in a Missionary Christian 
School, but is also the active part- 
ner in a Christian bookstore in 
downtown Madrid. He, who at one 
time thought about becoming a 
Roman Catholic priest, is now a 
leader and preacher in a Baptist church! Testimony 
from that church indicates that he has blossomed as 
a preacher and teacher of the Word. For him and for 
them the time spent at the Chateau has been well 
worth it. 

Valeria 

Valeria, whose testimony appeared in a past issue 
of the Herald (February 1987), currently teaches 
English in the city of Rome. For her the summers, 
which she describes as being precious to her, have 
substantially improved her understanding of 
evangelical theology and its vocabulary. Thus, her 
skills as a translator for the Conservative Baptist 
printing press in Naples have been strengthened. Her 
mother tongue can now be enriched by the evangelical 
literature she translates. 

Elisabeth 

Elisabeth, who first heard of Grace Brethren in the 
summer of 1985, now serves as one of our represen- 
tatives in the CAR as a medical missionary specifical- 
ly assigned to the work with the pygmies. There is 
no doubt on the part of anyone who talked with her 
or who heard her testimony at her baptism at the 
Chateau in the summer of 1986, that God has used 
the courses to make a profound and significant im- 
pact, not only on her life, but also on her whole 
understanding of the Word of God. 

From regular contact with students, (in this sum- 
mer's program four students will be Grace Brethre 

RALD/ May 15, 1988 




Elisabeth Schmid, Valeria Franchi, Angel Maya 



church leaders) much more could be said. Yes, more; 
of sermons preached, of Bible studies delivered, of 
special, in-house church training programs developed, 
of" evening Bible Institute courses taught, of hurting 
neighbors helped, of lives changed, of the gospel be- 
ing proclaimed, all because students from Holland, 
Italy, France, Germany, England, Ireland and Spain 
have had their hearts touched, their minds stretched, 
and their gifts sharpened. 

This has all happened because the entire pro- 
gram of studies at the Chateau each summer is 
characterized by the blending of three emphases, 
namely: 

• the broadening of the student's intellectual 
knowledge of the Word of the Lord, 

• the deepening of their devotion to the Lord of 

the Word, 

• the strenthening of their commitment to the 
command of the Lord to go and make disciples. 

In short: 

• infused with knowledge, 

• enthused for service 
Remember the missionaries. 
Think of the professors. 
Pray for the students. 

Our Lord can use them all to shatter the spiritual 
darkness of Western Europe and to continue building 
there His Church. The slogan is so simple. The im- 
pact could be so incredible. Enhancing the 
discipleship ministry of missionary or pastor. Q 



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FOREIGN MISSION NEWS 

Joining the Team Kliever Scholarship 

. -i._ « a li:il« n otil 



Steve Popenfoose joined the GBFM team in April to 
begin training under Director of Finance Steve Mason. 
He will then succeed Steve Mason on July 1. 

Prior to his employment with GBFM, Steve was 
general manager of Washington Products and plant 
superintendent of Brock Manufacturing. When not work- 
ing, he enjoys running, reading, teaching, Bible study 
and hunting. 




Steve, Paula, Jon, Joel Popenfoose 
Steve, and his wife, Paula, have two sons: Jon, 5, and 
Joel, 3. They live in Warsaw, Indiana and are active in 
the Community Grace Brethren Church. 



Update: SPAIN 



Lynn and Lois Schrock 




Lynn and Lois 
Schrock, GBFM mis- 
sionaries to Argentina 
for 23 years, will be 
assuming responsibility 
for the work in Valencia, 
Spain, July 1988 -- 
December 1988 while 
Bob and Marilyn 
Salazar are in the 
United States for home 
ministries. Welcome 
back Lynn and Lois! 

While home, the 
Salazars will be seek- 
ing co-workers for the 
growing ministry in 
Spain. 



Marv Miller, a stu 
dent in the M. Div. 
program at Grace 
Theological Semi- 
nary, was recently 
named recipient of 
the Freda Kliever 
Mission Scholarship. 

The scholarship, 
sponsored by the 
Middlebranch, Ohio, 
GBC, in memory of 
Mrs. Freda Kliever, 40 
year missionary to Verlie and Marv Miller 

the Central African Republic and Chad, is awarded 
each year to one seminary student who is actively pur- 
suing a career in missions. 

Marv and his wife, Verlie, have been approved mis- 
sionary candidates for the 2-year SOWers program in 
England. They hope to leave for England in 1989. 

The Millers have one daughter; Megan, age 3. 



Top Position in Government 








Dr. Daniel Montamat, a product of the Rio Cuarto 
GBC in Cordoba, Argentina, has recently been named 
president of Yacimientos Petrotiferos Fiscales, the Na- 
tional Oil Company, Argentina's largest company. 

Daniel, who attended the East Lansing, Ml GBC while 
earning a Masters in Economics from Michigan State 
University, says, "This is the first time a Christian related 
with the evangelical world has been given a top posi- 
tion in the government. I need the Lord's wisdom to be 
His instrument in Argentina. My job is quite hard, but 
our God is going to support me. Please ask all my 
brothers in the U.S. to pray. We are doing the same in 
Argentina. 



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FOREIGN MISSIONS 



Financial 
Questions and Answers 



Publ. & Promo. (6.1%) 
ome Ministries & Furlough (4.6%) 



Misc. & Contg. (3.0%) 




School Children (3.0%) 

Why are the support levels of missionaries 
constantly rising? 

A GBFM missionary receives his personal pay and 
funds for ministry in American dollars. He must then 
change those dollars into the currency of the country 
in which he serves. The amount of the foreign curren- 
cy the American dollar will buy is called the "exchange 
rate." 

The worth or strength of a country's currency is deter- 
mined by what it can buy within the country and by its 
relative value to other currencies. Since February 1985, 
the dollar has weakened drastically in several major cur- 
rencies. The result is reduced buying power for the 
American dollar overseas. 

Maintaining similar buying power overseas mean in- 
creasing the dollars required for basic needs. In order 
to adequately provide for our missionaries, support 
levels must be raised. 

When I support a missionary where does my 
money go? 

To give an example: Steve and Wilma Bailey are new 
missionaries to Argentina. They were commissioned at 
National Conference in 1987. Their support level was 
set at $36,000 a year/ $3,000 a month. They had to have 
the entire amount committed before leaving 
language study. How is the money being used" 

ERALD/ May 15, 1988 



Medical (5.8%) 
Retirement (3.7%) 



— Definition 

— to and from Argentina 

— monthly paycheck 



Category 

travel 

field expenses 

medical and retirement — 

schooling costs for children — 

promotions — publications & audio-visuals 

language study — 

home ministries — travel in U.S., ministry costs 

There are no portions in the pie for GBFM home 
office expenses. Why not? 

Many mission boards automatically take a percentage 
out of a missionary's support to pay home office ex- 
penses, but with GBFM, the entire amount given to a mis- 
sionary will only be used for that missionary and for the 
expenses of the field on which that missionary is serv- 
ing. GBFM does not subtract a percentage of a mis- 
sionary's support to cover home office administrative 

expenses. 

All administrative expenses of the GBFM home office 
staff are covered by general undesignated offerings from 
churches. However, several individuals and churches 
have built into their budgets a separate commitment to 
support the home office team. We appreciate these com- 
mitments and would encourage more individuals and 
to consider supporting the home office team 
-upportina individual missionaries. 



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BOOK EXCERPT 



Joni 
Eareckson 

Tada 

Joni Eareckson Tada was voted the most athletic girl 
in her graduating class in 1967. Six weeks later she broke 
her neck in a diving accident and was left paralyzed from 
the shoulders down. 

During two years of rehabilitation she developed a la- 
tent artistic talent by learning to draw with a pencil be- 
tween her teeth. Her artwork brought her national atten- 
tion in the media and the story of her experience soon 
became a best-seller. She portrayed her own part in a full 
length feature film Joni. produced by World Wide Pic- 
tures. Tada received thousands of letters as a result of her 
testimony. Many were from people who wanted to know 
more about living the Christian life in the midst of dif- 
ficulty and suffering. Her response was a book called A 
Step Further (co-authored by Steve Estes, the student 
who had helped her study the Bible immediately after 
her accident) and a lecture series on film. Blessings Out 
Of Brokenness. 

Realizing the need of disabled people for practical, 
financial, and spiritual help, it also became Tada's goal 
to assist churches in reaching out to those with hand- 
icaps and including them in the life of congregation. In 
1979 she founded Joni and Friends, a religious, non- 
profit organization, to demonstrate God's love and power 
to those who hurt, joining their needs with the resources 
of the local church and to assist persons with disabilities 
in their progress toward independence and fulfillment. 
Joni and Friends reaches a live audience of nearly 3 
million people each year with its message of help and 
hope. These purposes are carried out through a daily 
radio program and numerous media specials, including 
video and audio tapes for training and education. 

To give financial assistance, Tada founded The Chris- 
tian Fund For the Disabled, a matching grant fund. The 
Fund will match up to $500.00 raised by a church to pro- 
vide equipment or services needed by a disabled person. 
A National Congress on the Church and the Disabled 
is scheduled for July 6 through July 10, 1988 at the Billy 
Graham Center in Wheaton, Illinois. This is the first 
gathering of leaders in Special Ministries in the history 
of the church. 




Plans for a model Transitional Living Center are be- 
ing formulated. It would be built on the grounds of a 
Christian College - utilizing the students, facilities and 
academic programs. The purpose will be to not only give 
a disabled person the opportunity for practical, ongo- 
ing rehabilitation, but also to educate Christian college 
students on the worth and needs of someone with a 
handicap. 

Mrs. Tada has traveled extensively in the United States 
as well as in seventeen foreign countries. Her audiences 
are wide and varied and include Billy Graham Crusades, 
national youth meetings, prisons, rehabilitation centers 
and local churches. 

In 1982, Joni Eareckson married Ken Tada a high 
school teacher from Burbank, California. They make 
their home in Woodland Hills, California. 

Joni will be a featured speaker at our National Con- 
ference this July 30-August 5. The following excerpt is 
from her latest book Choices Changes, a Zondervan 
Publication. 



Choices.... Changes 



I am discovering that people in movies wear 
masks. They substitute one kind of reality for 
another. It seems all the more confusing since my 
lines aren't, in fact, voiced from my heart as they 
were years ago. They are read from a script. The 
mask of a hospitalized seventeen-year-old girl 
doesn't quite fit me any more. They have to re- 
create "me" with pasty, pale foundation, dark 



make-up under my eyes, a matted blond wig, and 
a wrinkled hospital gown. 

Today I lay face down on a Stryker frame - a nar- 
row canvas bed. With my chin and forehead 
resting on cushioned strips of cloth, I can follow 
everyone's steps. I memorize the shoes of the cast 
and crew. The sound man with the boom mike 
stands over my head. A strip of adhesive tape on 



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BOOK EXCERPT 






one of his shoes reads, "Hi," and on the other, 
"Joni." 

Minutes tick by. Camera rehearsals take time. I 
wish they would hurry, though. My chin and 
forehead are beginning to ache from the pressure. 
This mask is real. 

I must concentrate. The director and the 
cameraman are almost ready. Footsteps across the 
sound-stage floor become attendants and nurses. 
The director flips through a script much like a doc- 
tor making notes on my chart. Cameras and lights 
become giant X-ray machines positioned around 
my body. 

"Let's make a movie, children." Jim Collier claps 
his hands for positions. "Remember, Joni, you're 
dazed. Disoriented." 

"Yes," I say obediently. I am, in fact, dazed and 
a little disoriented. 

Filming begins as Cooper, the actor who wears 
the mask of my boyfriend, smuggles a puppy up 
nine flights of hospital steps, makes his way past 
a nurses' station on hands and knees, and into my 
room. He pulls the panting puppy from under his 
jacket and lifts him to my cheek. "Here, pup. Lick 
Joni's face." 

"Oh, he's so cute," I mumble. Under the heat of 
the stage lights the puppy droops and whines to 
be let loose. 

"Cut! Change the slate for another take!" The 
crew takes a break stretching and talking idly as 
the camera is repositioned. 

We begin again, but the pup ignores his lines. 

We try a third take. A fourth. They bring in a 
second puppy. 

Offstage, the dog wrangler tries to tease his pups 
into a playful mood. Onstage, my mood sours. My 
chin and forehead are hot and sore. Yet I apologize 
to the director. Perhaps my frightful wig and pallid 
features put the puppies off. 

We try the scene again. I strain to reach the pup 
with my cheek. Oh, please lick my cheek! By 
now, the crew members chuckle every time a new 
puppy goes into his "I'm not interested" routine. 
I realize I'm not smiling and weakly join the 
laughter. 

Four more puppies and fifteen takes later, I lame- 
ly give permission for the wrangler to smear liver- 
flavored baby food on the side of my cheek away 
from the camera. I apologize again. It must be my 
fault. 

"Action!" 

The puppy wriggles and squirms in Cooper's 
hands. He catches a whiff of the liver and furious- 
ly licks my cheek. The camera catches this 
precious bit of action, everyone cheers, and Jim 
finally calls a wrap. 

It takes just minutes to pack the camera, clear 
the set, dim the lights, and say good night. It takes 
longer to flip me face up on the Stryker. Oh, tl 
relief! 



ERALD/ May 15, 1988 



Jay and Judy lift me in their familiar, friendly 
embrace into my wheelchair. They push me to the 
dressing room. It will take even longer to remove 
the pasty make-up, wig, and gown. Before they 
begin, the girls walk back to the sound stage to 
gather up our sweaters and other belongings. 

Alone in front of the brightly-lit make-up mirror 
I look into a pale, drawn face. The hair askew. The 
hospital gown is oversized and obliterates the body 
underneath. The girl is alive only from her 
shoulders up, just like in the hospital. Even the dry, 
crusty food on her cheek is a reminder of those 
first sorry attempts at feeding herself. She is ex- 
hausted and humiliated. Cowing before dogs and 
directors, she has allowed herself to be intimidated. 
Just like in the hospital. 

Tired and hurting, I feel so sorry for the girl in 
the mirror. The past overpowers me. It eats away 
like acid. I look at my paralyzed legs and a feeling 
of claustrophobia envelopes me - I can't move. Hot 
tears well in my eyes. Who am I crying for? The 
girl in the mirror or the woman in the chair? Is it 
the past I grieve for . . . or the present? 

Ashamed and embarrassed by these thoughts 
darting beneath the surface, I lean my head back 
and let the tears drain behind my eyes. I press my 
nose against the sleeve of the white gown, dabbing 
at the wetness as though painstakingly retouching 
the flaws on a mask. The smile I hastily assume 
as Jay and Judy return from the sound stage is 
just that - a mask. 

I stare straight ahead as they wipe away the 
thick make-up with cotton balls and astringent. A 
steaming-hot washcloth brings quick color to my 
cheeks. The make-up man inches the wig from my 
scalp. The wrinkled gown is folded away. My hair 
is brushed, my sweater buttoned, and refreshing 
drops are put in my eyes. I like what I see in the 
mirror now. 

But I don't like who I am. My self-image has been 
slammed back into the wheelchair. How clever I've 
been at learning the art of masking the "handicap" 
part of my disability, whether with an attractive 
hairstyle, " fashionable outfit, or a streamlined 
wheelchair with color-coordinated leather. But strip 
away all those props and stick me in a hospital gown 
with messy hair and a lifeless complexion, and my 
grip on life - even paralyzed life - seems lost. 

Perhaps I am not so content after all. 



I am glad when Jay, Judy, and I break out through 
the swinging glass doors at the end of the day The 
sun has dropped behind the Hollywood Hills, flat- 
tening them to a one-dimensional shade of maroon. 
The bottoms of the clouds are underlit in pink and 
nauve. cm effect the gaffer would love. 

That's a print!" Jay points to the sunset. 

u" adds Judy. Laughing at the 

a part of us. we head for 



27 



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We resolve to leave work behind and visit a near- 
by shopping center. Light relief from the heavy 
pressure of the shooting schedule. Something or- 
dinary and everyday to get us back in the real world. 
Yet as we wheel and walk through the mall, we jab- 
ber about the film. People we like on the crew, 
amateur criticism of wardrobe and set design, 
reviews of the latest rushes. We find it difficult to 
leave the movie world behind. And who could blame 
us? We are a secretary and two farm girls come to 

town. 

"Let's choose a salad place for dinner, I suggest. 
Jim Collier has asked that I lose a few pounds for 
the remaining hospital scenes. "No dessert for me." 
"Hey! I've got an idea," Jay says. "We just passed 
a T-shirt place. You know, where they print anything 
you want on the front?" She waves for us to follow 
and then disappears into the store. 

I stop at the front window to look at the shirt 
styles, colors, and slogans. In a short while Jay 
comes out and announces. "You now have the 
perfect answer for those guys on the crew who keep 
stuffing donuts in your mouth." She holds up a T- 
shirt that reads "DON'T FEED ME!" 

"And you're not the only one who needs to lose 
weight," she adds, whipping another T-shirt out of 
the bag. It reads "OR ME." Judy stands behind her 
displaying a big grin and one more shirt that says 
"NOR ME." 

We giggle our way through supper on leftover 
movie adrenaline, guessing the crew's reaction to 
our silly shirts. 

Behind the smile, however, I calculate calories; a 
salad, no dressing; no cream in real coffee. No 
breakfast tomorrow. No donuts at the studio. Maybe 
a light lunch and no dinner tomorrow evening. 
I am not hungry anyway. I live on energy. 
I am becoming obsessed with myself. 



I force my eyes to make contact with the 
young boy sitting rigid and upright in a body 
cast. A metal halo bolts into his skull, keeping his 
neck stabilized as it heals. The fluorescent light 
of the occupational-therapy department washes 
any color from his skin. I angle my chair closer to 
his side. Still, with his head fixed forward, he must 
strain to see me from the corners of his eyes. He 
smiles and weakly lifts his thin arm in a greeting. 

"They tell me you're filming here today." His 
voice cracks. 

"Yes, I am. I mean, we are. They're making a 
movie about my diving accident and rehabilitation 
and stuff." I try to sound casual, to include him, 
to make myself "one of the guys." 

I notice his arms and hands are supported by an 
overhead sling attached to the back of his 
wheelchair. He must feel so bulky, I think to 
myself, like some sort of mechanical contraption. 
I back up my chair so he can see me better. 

"You're moving your arms. That's a good sign," 
I offer. 



"Yeah they've got me in OT. to do some work." 
He points to a painted ashtray with the brush a 
therapist has taped to his armsplint. The table 
beside us is strewn with newspapers splattered with 
red and yellow. A Mason jar holds colored pencils 
and brushes. Several other chalky ashtrays and can- 
dy dishes are organized neatly, waiting for the kiln. 
I look around the table and smile at the other 
young guys working on projects. Some look up and 
grin A few study me suspiciously. Others seem not 
to notice me, their lifeless eyes and tired expressions 
fixed on weaving a potholder or painting a dish. 

"You were here at Rancho, huh?" one paraplegic 
asks as he wheels away from the table to get another 
jar of paint. 

"Yes. About ten years ago, though." I try to spot 
a familiar face among the therapists. "Lots of things 
have changed." 

I am uncomfortable. All our movie paraphernalia 
and personnel seem an intrusion into the private 
lives and pain of these patients at Rancho Los 
Amigos Hospital. The fellows know they are about 
to be filmed. Some are interested, while others shrug 
their weak shoulders indifferently. I want to put 
everyone - them and me - at ease. I explain that 
this film will help others understand the everyday 
difficulties people like us face. 

I am to be filmed against the backdrop of the 
fellows at the table. Along with them, I am to "learn" 
how to do as much as I can with what little I have 
left. An actress playing the part of a therapist is to 
teach me how to write with a pen between my teeth. 
I'm glad that they do my make-up and wardrobe 
in the dressing-room trailer in the hospital parking 
lot. I don't want to be made-up in front of the young 
boy in the halo cast. 

A knock on the trailer door tells us that filming 
is about to begin. I power my wheelchair back over 
the cables into the OT. room and take my place at 
the easel. The young black actress who plays the 
part of my therapist resembles the real woman from 
my past. But then every prop and person in this film 
is reminding me of too much already. 

Slab of clay is thrown down on table by 
Joni's easel. 
JONI: "You gonna throw that at me?" 
THERAPIST: "I want you to draw something on 
it." 

JONI: "You gotta be kidding." 
Therapist has two sticks in her hand. 
THERAPIST: "Draw something you like. Use 
these." 

JONI: "It won't work. I used to do a lot of sketching 
in charcoal. My father's sort of an artist. But that 
was when I had my hands." 

THERAPIST: "The skill, the talent, comes frorr 
up here." (Points to her head.) "With a littie prac 
tice you can do as well with your mouth as youi 
hands." 

The lens focuses tightly on me as I take the sue* 
in my mouth and press it into the soft clay. I carve 



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a line that wiggles and worms its 
way across the surface, and I try 
hard to control the shaking. The 
frightening part is I'm not acting. 
Every tense muscle in my neck, 
every raw nerve communicates 
directly through the stick onto 
the clay. I want to relax. I'm 
afraid that others will know I am 
not pretending to be a novice 
with the mouthstick. Thankful- 
ly, I hear someone say, "Cut." 

"Is that real enough?" I ask the 
director. 

I shake my head to clear the 
scene from my head, then slow- 
ly turn my neck, tilting it back 
and forth to relax tightness. This 
is another bit of filming I am 
relieved to see finished. Too many 
real things caught up in movie 
things. 

During break I wheel outside 
to the therapy courtyard. Some 
brawny fellows in wheelchairs 
are playing a fast game of basket- 
ball. I watch them for a few 
moments and then wheel over to 
a group of girls in wheelchairs. 
They are smiling and chatting 
under the shade of some palms. 
The group looks friendly and in- 
viting. I want to get over these 
stupid feelings of uneasiness and 
awkwardness. I battle to come up 
with a conversation opener. 

"You're Debbie Stone, aren't 
you?" I say to a smiling girl 
whose wheelchair is stickered 
with a plastic "Because He is 
God, Jesus Lives Yesterday, To- 
day and Forever." 

"Yes, and you're Joni," she 
says, reminding me that we met 
earlier. World Wide has asked 
Debbie to round up people in 
wheelchairs for several movie 
scenes. I had forgotten that her 
permanent place of work is here 
at Rancho, collecting informa- 
tion and preparing patients for 
the outside world. 

Debbie's disability is obvious - 
polio at a young age. She sits 
upright with her brown hair 
cascading down her small bent 
body. She smiles her way through 
an incredible story of abandon- 
ment, adoption, rejection, hospi- 
tals, and rules and regulations. 



Debbie is the first disabled person 
I've ever met with such an upfront 
testimony in the midst of an ir- 
religious environment. I can tell 
that she tries to spread good news 
around this cold and impersonal 
institution. She is an oddity in this 
place, but everyone likes her. 

"You met the guys in O.T.?" she 
asks, turning the conversation 
away from herself. 

"Yes." I nod and then add, 
"Things in occupational therapy 
haven't changed much . . . 
potholders and paints and stuff. 
But those guys seem to have a 
good attitude about it." 

Debbie's smile fades. "Well, not 
all of them. Did you meet the boy 
with the halo cast?" 

I nod again. 

"His parents don't want 
anything to do with him. He 
broke his neck in a motorcycle 
accident, driving when he was 
drunk. They figure he got 
himself into this mess, so he can 
get himself out." She sighs and 
shakes her head. 



I wince and look toward the 
window of the therapy room. I 
wish I had said more to him. 

"And the good-looking paraple- 
gic? His wife just filed for divorce. 
I've tried talking to him about 
God, but he just won't listen. He's 
losing himself ... in pity. In 
drugs." 

I stare at the therapy room win- 
dows. The stories she relates are 
strikingly similar to many I heard 
when I was at Rancho as a patient 
years ago. But they didn't touch 
me then as they do now. 

Debbie picks up on my mood. 
"Joni, you wouldn't believe the 
problems most handicapped peo- 
ple face. Spiritual struggles, yes. 
But down to earth, practical pro- 
blems too." 

Debbie is doing what I would 
like to da In a real world, in a 
real way. she is helping people 
see Christ. No masks here. 

Taken from Choices Changes by Joni 
Eareckson Tada. Copyright © 1 986 by 
Joni Eareckson Tada. Used by permis- 
sion of Zondervan Publishing House. 



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FELLOWSHIP NEWS 



FELLOWSHIP NEWS 




Dr. John Davis, president of Grace 
Schools in Winona Lake, IN, visited 
Grace Brethren Navajo Ministries on 
March 10. He spoke at early morn- 
ing staff devotions, in older students' 
chapel, and, with Angie Garber, 
visited in the homes of some of the 
Navajo people. 

Dr. Davis is pictured with Pastor 
Tully and Mary Butler. The Butler's 
sons, Daron and Dino, are students 
at the Winona Lake schools. Daron 
is a junior in Grace Theological 
Seminary. Dino is a junior in Grace 
College. 

DEATHS 

BEECH, JOHN C, 74, March 6, 
1988. He was a faithful member of 
the West Kittanning Grace Brethren 
Church, Kittanning, PA, and was 
mayor of West Kittanning for the last 
13 years. Richard Cornwell, pastor. 

ESHELMAN, SHERRI LEE, 21, 

February 19, 1988. Sherri Lee was 
killed in an automobile accident. 
She was a student at Messiah Col- 
lege and a member of the 
Leamersville Grace Brethren 
Church, Duncansville, PA. John 
Gregory, pastor. 

FESSENDEN, SELENA, 91, 

January 24, 1988. She was a 
member of the Winona Lake Grace 
Brethren Church, Winona Lake, IN. 
Charles Ashman, pastor. 

GRILL, ED, 68, December 8, 1987. 
He was a member of the Winona 
Lake Grace Brethren Church, 
Winona Lake, IN, and father of Drs. 
Steve and Mike Grill who serve on 



the faculty of Grace College. Charles 
Ashman, pastor. 

KREIMES, ROY, February 18, 1988. 
He had pastored churches in Lake 
Odessa, Michigan; Accident, 
Maryland; Danville, Ohio; and 
Meyersdale and North Buffalo in 
Pennsylvania. A memorial service 
was held in the church they attended 
in Concord, North Carolina. 

MAYER, MARGARET, 56, January 
30. She was a sister of Jesse Deloe 
and a member of the Winona Lake 
Grace Brethren Church, Winona 
Lake, Indiana. Charles Ashman, 
pastor. 

NONNEMACHER, HARRY, 67, Oc- 
tober 20, 1987 He was the father of 
Harry Nonnemacher, Jr., who is 
pastor of the Geistown Grace 
Brethren Church, Johnstown, PA, 
and a member of the Lehigh Valley 
Grace Brethren Church, Bethlehem, 
PA. David Hitchman, pastor. 

OVER, PAUL, 74, December 11, 

1987. He was a member of the 
Lehigh Valley Grace Brethren 
Church, Bethlehem, PA, and served 
in a number of capacities. David 
Hitchman, pastor. 

REED, KENNETH P., 37, January 17, 

1988. Kenneth was killed accidental- 
ly on his way to work. He was a 
faithful member of the Community 
Grace Brethren Church, Everett, PA. 
Timothy Boal, pastor. 

WILT, KENNETH, E., 85, January 
27, 1988. He was ordained to the 
Christian ministry in 1955 and 
pastored the Singer Hill Grace 
Brethren Church, Johnstown, PA, 
and later served as pastor at the 
Jenners Grace Brethren Church, 
Jenners, and the Grace Brethren 
Church of York, PA, and was in- 
strumental in the starting of 
churches at Dillsburg and Gettys- 
burg, PA, during his retirement. A 
memorial service was held at the 
Hope Grace Brethren Church, 
Dillsburg, PA. 



MARRIAGES 

HUFF: Donna Fluke and Bradley 
Huff, November 21, 1987 Winona 
Lake Grace Brethren Church, 
Winona Lake, IN. Charles Ashman, 
pastor. 

INNES: Cathy Boyer and Dave 
Innes, October 24, 1987, Winona 
Lake Grace Brethren Church, 
Winona Lake, IN. Charles Ashman, 
pastor. 

RABER: Linda Pietzsch and 
Jeffrey Raber, January 9, 1988, 
Grace Brethren Church, Wor- 
thington, OH. Pastor Rick Nuzum 
performed the marriage ceremony. 

SPANGLE: Patricia Barger and 
Brian Spangle, October 17, 1987, 
Winona Lake Grace Brethren 
Church, Winona Lake, IN. Charles , 
Ashman, pastor. 

STROHSCHEIN: Marilyn Austin 
and Carl Strohschein, Free 
Methodist Church, Winona Lake, 
Indiana. Ronald Manahan, 
officiating pastor. 

YODER: Janet Gibson and Tom 
Yoder, December 27, 1987, in the i 
Jenners Grace Brethren Church, 
Jenners, PA. Max DeArmey, pastor. 



CHANGE YOUR ANNUAL 

BARTLETT, ROGER, 1420 Garfield, 
PI., Sidney, OH 45365. 

DICK, PAUL, Route 21, Box 87, 
Warsaw, IN 46580. 

JONES, DUANE, 18430 S.W. Broad 
Oak Blvd., Aloha, OR 97007. 

MacMILLAN, ROBERT and the 
Ventura Grace Brethren Church, 
1452 Mariposa Dr., Santa Paula, CA 
93060. 

MILLER KURT, 154 Lake Shore Dr., 
N., Palm Harbor, FL 34684 
(Tel. 813/937-0234). 

NUTTER, LESLIE, 509 Cherry St., 
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RISSER, DEAN, 110 Pennsylvania 
; Ave., Delaware, OH 43015. 

! SALSGIVER, ROBERT, 305 E. Lex- 
' ington Rd., Lititz, PA 17543. 

! SMITH, RANDALL, 2366 Chandler 
| Ave., Ft. Myers, FL 33907. 

| SMITH, RICHARD, 185 Social 
(Island Rd., Chambersburg, PA 
17201. 

I GRACE CHURCH (formerly North 
j Long Beach Brethren Church and 
J the Grace Fellowship Church), 3021 

■ Blume Dr., Los Alamitos, CA 90720 
(Tel. 213/493-5613). 

j LAKE RIDGE GRACE BRETHREN 

CHURCH, James Schaefer, pastor, 
| 10 E. Luray St., Alexandria, VA 
| 22301. 

NEWS UPDATE 

Pastor Randy Smith has accepted 
1 the call to become the full-time 
i pastor of the Grace Brethren Church 

of Fort Myers, FL. 

! Paul Mutchler has resigned as 
senior pastor at the Fort Lauderdale, 
! FL, church, but will continue tem- 
; porarily as the school administrator. 
Dwight Cover has moved from 
' Alaska and is now pastoring the 
: Grace Brethren Church in Grand- 

■ view, WA. 

Bob Lookabaugh is the new youth 
i pastor at the Patterson Grace 

Brethren Church in Roanoke, VA, 
j working with Pastor Ron Thompson. 

Two men -- Brian White and 
Al Reilly -- were approved for or- 
dination by the Southern Ohio 
. District examining board. 

The Bible Brethren Church of 
: Glendora, CA, has changed its 
name to Cornerstone Bible 
Church. Don Shoff, pastor. 

1 Stephan Edmonds has accepted 
the call to be senior pastor at the 
| Grace Brethren Church in Fort 
| Lauderdale, FL. He had been serv- 
; ing as associate pastor. 

j Calling all Brethren in South 

| Jersey! Since Mt. Laurel Grace 
Brethren Church, Mt. Laurel, NJ, 
has withdrawn from the Fellowship, 
a few of the Brethren in that area are 
still meeting on a twice-weekly basis. 



This group would like to extend an 
invitation to any other Brethren liv- 
ing in the area to join them. Contact 
should be made with Charles 
Conner, 9 Payne Ave., Runnemede, 
NJ 08078 (Tel. 609/931-6626), or 
Charles Wood, 609 Deven Rd., 
Moorestown, NJ 08057 (Tel 
609/235-2258). 




Building Dedication 

The Community Grace Brethren 
Church of Everett, PA held their 
new building dedication on March 6, 
1988. Rev. Charles Martin, pastor of 
the Grace Brethren Church in 
Johnstown, PA, and chairman of the 
West Penn District Missions, was the 
special speaker. 

Max Fluke of Warsaw, IN, served 
as superintendent of construction for 
the design and main frame portion. 
The new facility is a 13,800 square 
foot combination worship center, 
fellowship hall, Christian education 
complex, pastor's office, and staff of- 
fices. Seating for 250 persons is pro- 
vided in the sanctuary. Much of the 
finish work was done by volunteer 
help from within the church. Total 
cost of the project was $300,000 with 
an additional $70,000 in donated 
labor. 

Mrs. Mae Kempton, member of the 
Grace Brethren Church in Fort 
Lauderdale since 1963, celebrated 
her ninetieth birthday on April 6. She 
has served faithfully over the years 
in many ministry areas, and is cur- 
rently active as deaconess emeritus, 
weekly folds the church bulletins, 
and serves wherever else possible. 
William Byers, 3039 Hidden Forest 
Court, Marietta, GA 30066. has 
resigned from his position as 
Southern Field Secreta 
Grace Brethren i me Missions 
Council, effective. 

Starting June 1 will 

serve as a I 
church gro ^' ie 



helping on an interim basis, as the 
Lord leads, and assist in the needs 
of the churches of our Fellowship. It 
is also his intent to help develop new 
churches in metropolitan areas 
through various teleministry methods. 

District WMC Officers 

Southern California-Arizona District 
President -- Helen Miller, 13138 
Michelle Cir., Whittier, CA 90605 
(Tel. 213/941-5937). 

1st Vice President (Project) - Mar- 
jorie Coburn, 13025 Bluefield Ave., La 
Mirada, CA 90638 (Tel. 213/943-0553). 
2nd Vice President -- Helen Rempel, 
1120 Northwood Rd., Apt. 186-F, Seal 
Beach, CA 90740 (Tel. 213/430-6658). 
Recording Secretary -- Janet Kivrizis, 
2229 West Rowland, Santa Ana, CA 
92704 (Tel. 714/751-5052). 
Corresponding Secretary -- Ruth 
Reddick, 15819 East Hill St., La 
Puente, CA 91744 (Tel. 818/336-1419). 
Treasurer - Jayne Reuter, 3500 West 
Manchester Bl. TH. 439, Inglewood, 
CA 90305 (Tel. 213/678-8321). 
Prayer Chairman - Leah Carey, 436 
Poppy, Long Beach, CA 90805 
(Tel 213/4284299). 

Luncheon Chairman - Joyce Sterren- 
burg, 824 Rodeo Rd., Fullerton, CA 
92635 (Tel. 714/680-3649). 
English Retreat Coordinator - Jayne 
Reuter, 3500 West Manchester Bl. Th. 
439, Inglewood, CA 90305 
(Tel. 213/678-8321). 

Spanish Retreat Coordinator -- Maria 
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EDITORIAL 




Record Setting 
At A Cost! 

Is My Name Written There? 

by Charles W. Turner 



Ever hear of Dhananjay Kulkar- 
ni? Probably not, and maybe you 
would place him on a sports team 
as the guy who kicks the field goal 
or the extra point after a 
touchdown. He is a fellow who is 
in the Guinness Book of Records 
with two more records pending. 
He is not only in the Guinness 
Book of Records, it is reported that 
he ate one! 

How about these feats for atten- 
tion getters? He drank 194 cups of 
tea in four-and-a-half hours. In 
1977 he ran 112 miles in 24 
hours. He has leaped off an ex- 
press train, stood on one leg for 35 
hours, spoken nonstop for 15 
hours, and eaten 5.7 pounds of 
different types of glass. 

If you are not impressed by 
these accomplishments, then 
think about the idea of jumping 
over Niagara Falls. It has not been 
done, but Mr. Kulkarni thinks he 
can do it. 

This is someone you would call 
an unusual person and I am cer- 
tain that he has attained ac- 
complishments that you have no 
desire of matching. Yet, there are 
counUess persons who want to be 
recognized and have someone just 
know they exist. It is a pity that 
such extreme means must be 
sought when it is possible to be 
recognized for what we are. 

The question is: "Exactly what 
is man and why does God place 
such a high value on each per- 
son?" Mankind is the highest 
work of God's creation . . . literal- 
ly created in the likeness of God 
and having an eternal soul. That 



makes us something special in 
the world, for there is no other 
creation that is in the image of 
God. 

Now the problem: It is the 
failure of man to live according to 
the commandments of God. This 
failure is sin and the sin is against 
the person of God. To get into the 
record book there are some 
necessary steps to be taken. The 
true value of man is to be found 
in correcting the problem of sin. 

Mankind is the 

highest work of 

God's creation. 

There is only one way to do this 
and it is to have the barrier or the 
problem removed - God has made 
the forgiveness and the removal of 
sin possible. God sent His Son 
Jesus and He shed His blood, 
died, and made forgiveness possi- 
ble. When a person accepts by 
faith this complete work of Christ, 



he has the New Birth or Salvation 
This New Birth is a spiritua 
transformation which starts th< 
Christian Life in which we grow 
mature and learn obedience to tht 
Scriptures. 

The New Birth puts you in tht 
record book. John tells us abou 
the record book in Revelatioi 
21:27, "but only those whosi 
names are written in the Lamb': 
book of life." They are the one: 
who will enter into the city of God 
In Philippians 4:3, Paul identifies 
some folks who will go into thi 
book of life: "along with Clemen 
and the rest of my fellou 
workers, whose names are in th< 
book of life." 

The Guinness Book of Record; 
will come and go and mankin< 
will do some unusual feats of skil 
and activity. I cannot deny thi 
abilities of the doers, but evei 
more I admire the blessed one: 
who consent to God's will, confes 
their failures and have thei 
names entered into the book o 
life, m 




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2 Editorial 

Record Setting - 
at a Cost! 
Is My Name 
Written There? 

Charles W. Turner 
4 Devotional 

We Are the 
Church 

Raeann Hart 

6 Foreign Missions 
CAR - 

Missionaries and 
Nationals in 
Balance 

Tom Stallter 

8 Foreign Missions 
News 



10 Evangelism 

How Unfriendly] 
Toward Visitors 
Are You? 

Tom Raabe 

12 WMC 

What Do I Say? 

Judy Daniels 
14 BEM 

The Totality of 
Our Task 

Ron E. Thompson 



15 Letters from Our Readers 

16 Devotional 
Creating 
Meaningful 
Friendships 

Raeann Hart 

21 CE 

22 Current Christian Issues 
The Babysitter No 
One Can Afford 

Rev. Glenn A. Miller 



24 Home Missions 
FX.O.C.K.S. - 
Effective 
Shepherding 

Ron Smals 
26 Home Missions 

Aid To Others 

Darrel Taylor 



27 Home Missions 

A Cure for Cancer 

Tom Hughes 

28 How To: Have a VBS 

Vacation Bible 
School Tips 

Gail Atwell Arbogast 

30 Fellowship News 




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DEVOTIONAL 



We Are the Church 



The Church 



by Raeann Hart 



The church is not just a building 
constructed of wood and stone. 

It's the body of believers 

who have made Jesus their own. 

Christians living around the world 
all share God's Holy Spirit, 

believe in Christ who died that we 
eternal life inherit. 

The businessman, secretary, 

the plumber, mother, workman, 
the pastor, teacher, and student 

can have one thing in common 
with the tiny, starving children 

on another continent; 
an eminent physician and 

the company president. 
For each one can know the Savior 

whose death on Calvary's tree 
proclaimed the victory over 

sin and death to set us free. 

The Love we receive from Jesus 
can flow through us to others 

making people around the world 
our sisters and our brothers. 



Built on a Firm 
Foundation 

So neither he who plants nor he who waters is 
anything, but only God, who makes things grow. The 
man who plants and the man who waters have one pur- 
pose, and each will be rewarded according to his own 
labor. For we are God's fellow workers; you are God's field, 
God's building. 

By the grace God has given me, I laid a foundation as 
an expert builder, and someone else is building on it. But 
each should be careful how he builds. For no one can 
lay any foundation other than the one already laid, 
which Is Jesus Christ. If any man builds on this 
foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or 
straw, his work will be shown for what it is, because the 
Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and 
the fire will test the quality of each man's work. If what 
he has built survives, he will receive his reward. If it is 
burned up, he will suffer loss; he himself will be saved, 
but only as one escaping through the flames. 

Don't you know that you yourselves are God's 
temple and that Ood's Spirit lives In you? If anyone 
destroys God's temple, God will destroy him; for God's 
temple is sacred, and you are that temple. 

Paul writing to the Corinthian church 
I Corinthians 3:7-17 (NIV) 



The Church is 
The Body of Christ 

The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts; 
and though all its parts are many, they form one body. 
So it is with Christ. For we are all baptized by one Spirit 
into one body - whether Jews or Greeks, slave or free - 
we are all given the one Spirit to drink. 

Now the body is not made up of one part but of many. 
If the foot should say, "Because I am not a hand, I do not 
belong to the body," it would not for that reason cease 
to be part of the body. And if the ear should say, "Because 
I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body," it would 
not for that reason cease to be part of the body If the 
whole body were an eye, where should the sense of hear- 
ing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the 
sense of smell be? But in fact God has arranged the parts 
in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them 
to be. If they were all one part, where would the body be? 
As it is, there are many parts, but one body. 

The eye cannot say to the hand, "I don't need you!" 
And the head cannot say to the feet, "I don't need you!" 
On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be 
weaker are indispensable, and the parts that we think are 
less honorable we treat with special honor. And the parts 
that are unpresentable are treated with special modes- 
ty, while our presentable parts need no special treatment. 
But God has combined the members of the body and has 
given greater honor to the parts that lacked it, so that 
there should be no division in the body, but that its parts 
should have equal concern for each other. If one part suf- 
fers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every 
part rejoices with it. 

Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you 
is a part of it. 

I Corinthians 12:12-27 (NIV) 

Dear Heavenly Father, 

You have called us your body, your temple. Lord, 
we stand in awe of this privilege and responsibili- 
ty. We are not worthy to be your children, yet you 
have adopted us into your family. Lord, please give 
us your strength to live fruitful lives as a part of 
your church, your body of believers. Help us to en- 
courage each other and spur each other on to do 
good works for your glory. 

Help us to always keep our foundation firmly set 
upon Jesus Christ Help us to build on thatfounda- 
tion with your Word, not with the pleasures of gold 
and silver or the material possessions that this 
world has to offer. Please forgive us when we fall 
short and help us to keep our treasures laid up in 
heaven where rust will not corrode them. We can 
take nothing into eternity with us except the other 
members of your church. Lord, help us to bring your 
saving message to others to build your church both 
in numbers and maturity of believers. 

Amen 



SRALD/ June 15, 1988 



FOREIGN MISSIONS 



The Central African Republic 
Missionaries and Nationals in Balance 

by Tbm Stallter | 

A Land of Economic 

and Cultural Change Meeting The Challenge 



The Central African Republic is one of the 
developing countries of the third world continent of 
Africa that in many ways is not developing. Its 
economy is poor and riddled with graft. It is one of 
the most expensive places in the world to live. In the 
midst of this struggle to survive financially, the 
average Central African is face to face with the shock 
of the rapid infiltration of Western thought and 
values. There are some wealthy Africans among the 
rich foreign element in the country, but the average 
Central African who only makes $190.00 per year 
cannot comprehend how it is possible that his fellow 
countrymen could have televisions and Mercedes 
cars. The youth in the capital city and other large 
centers dress like American blacks and have given 
up the traditional cultural values. Many of them re- 
sent the way their parents live and think. 



GBPM team in CAR 

Gary and Jean Austin, Bob and Lois Belohlavek, 
Rosella Cochran, Mary Cripe, Dave and Karen 
Dougherty , Diana Davis, Martin and Bev Oarber, 
Mary Ann Habegger, Jim and Martha Hines, Jim 
and Faye Hocking, Margaret Hull Howard and 
June Immel, Cheryl Kaufman, Paul and Berta 
Kuns, Harold and Margaret Mason, Eddie and 
Linda Menslnger, Carol Mensinger, Dan and Mary 
Lou Moeller, Margie Morris, Tbm and Sue Peters, 
Bob and Denise Skeen, Tbm and Sharon Stallter, 
Marian Thurston, Evelyn Tschetter, Janet Vomer, 
Mike and Amy Volovskl, Tim and Jan Waggoner, 
Jack and Marilyn Watnwrlght, Lois Wilson, and 
Barb Wooler. 





GBFM, in the midst of these economic and 
cultural challenges has unbelievable opportunities 
for ministry. In response to the great needs that the 
changing culture and growing church present, we 
are training Africans now on a Master of Divinity 
level at Brethren Biblical Seminary. Graduates are 
proving to be capable and godly leaders in the 
fellowship of 567 churches. The Bible Institute has 
also up-graded their curriculums to meet the chang- 
ing needs of the local churches. Though the Bible 
Institute is almost 100% Africanized, the Seminary 
is still in need of missionary help. 

Working with youth in the capital and larger 
towns of CAR is high on our priority list, but few 
have volunteered for the challenge. One of the 
greatest problems in working with youth in the 
country is keeping the groups for evangelism and 
discipleship small enough to be manageable. The 
opportunity is limitless in a society that provides 
very little else for distraction. 

The Light Shines 1 
in the Darkness 



The animism of the Pygmies 
and the Islamic beliefs of the 
Mbororos (Fulanis) have chained 
these people to darkness. In 1988, 
our team will see that the light 
will shine as never before in these 
dark corners of the earth. We 
realize we are attacking one of 
Satan's strongholds and need 
your prayers for us in this 
spiritual battle. 



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FOREIGN MISSIONS 



Church Development: 
Team Work in Ministry 

Alongside the large 
fellowship of local chur- 
ches, GBFM missionaries 
serve as consultants to 
national organizations 
and assist in leadership 
training for pastors on 
the job. Missionaries 
meet with all National 
Boards to help in discus- 
sions and planning for 
the direction for the 
work. Missionaries take 
leadership training out to 
the different districts. National pastors and other 
church leaders agree that this is one of the 
strongest encouragements to correcting problems 
and gaining a sturdy, Bible-centered ministry in 
their churches. This is our plan for helping pastors 
meet the challenges of today in their ministries. 




C.A.R. Facts and Figures 

Population: 2.700,000 

Area: 623,000 square kilometers 

Economy: very poor and undeveloped due to the distance 

from the sea 

Religious: Evangelical 28%, Tribal religions 9%, Moslems 

7%, Roman Catholic 36%, Protestants 20% 



Strategy: An Overall 
Look at GBFM in CAR 

Our strategy for team involvement in the work 
boils down to three main areas of work: 
Evangelism and Discipleship, Leadership Training, 
and Church Development. Medical ministries, the 
Christian High School, and youth work in the 
cities fit under Evangelism and Discipleship. The 
Bible Institute and Seminary fit under leadership 
training. Classes with pastors and leaders in local 
churches fit under church development*. These 
three main areas of ministry are all supported by 
our team-work in literature. Many support roles are 
needed to see this all happen. Mechanics, 
secretaries, school teachers, dormitory parents, 
purchasing and business agents are all positions 
needed to see the strategy succeed. 

There has never been a 
more exciting time for 
Grace Brethren minis- 
tries in the C.A.R. but we 
need you to join the 
team, whether on the 
field or in your local GBC, 
in order to continue to 
meet the challenges and 
see the advances of the 
Gospel into these dark 
corners of the earth. 




Grace Brethren Foreign 
Missions in the C.A.R. 

Overview of Strategy 



LOCAL CHURCHES 



(Biblical, responsible, 
independent, Grace Brethren) 



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Evangelism & Discipleship 



Biblical Education of Leadership 



Church Development Ministries 



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Literature Production 



Evangelism & Discipleship 

1. Evangelistic Medical Ministries 

2. Bible Classes in Public Schools 

3. Multiplication Evangelism Program 

4. Films 

5. Bible Classes with Youth Choirs in Bangui 

6. Bangui Youth Center 

7. Correspondence Courses 

8. English Classes 

9. Bible Schools Christian Service Program 

10. Yaloke Jr. High School 

11. Fulani Wbrk 

12. Pygmy Work 



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Mission Supportive Ministries 



Biblical Education of Leadership 

1. Brethren Biblical Seminary and 

School of Theology 

2. Central Bible Institute 



Church Development Ministries 

Classes with Pastors in the Districts 
Classes with Church Leaders 
Sale of Literature 
Preaching in Local Churches & District 

Conferences. 
Advising Church Fellowship and its 

Organizations 
Multiplication Evangelism Program 
Youth camps 



SRALD/ June 15, 1988 



FOREIGN MISSIONS 



Foreign Mission News 



Joining the Team Celebrating the First 




Sue Sewell, a native of 
Kokomo, IN joined the GBFM 
team recently as Accounts 
Payable Manager. 

She is a graduate of 
Maconaqua High School and 
Ft. Wayne International 
Business College. 

When not working, Sue 
and her husband, Brian, who 
is in the M.Div. program at 
Grace Seminary, enjoy walk- 
ing and fishing. 



A memorial gift was recently presented to GBFM 
by Tom and Unamae McDairmant in memory of 
Rev. Maxwell Brenneman. 



Breakfast Challenge 

GBFM would like to extend an invitation to everyone 
who will be at FGBC National Conference in Palm 
Desert, California to attend the Grace Brethren Foreign 
Missions Breakfast Challenge Hour on Wednesday, 
August 3. The breakfast, scheduled for 7:15 -- 9:00, will 
feature GBFM missionaries: the Belohlaveks; Volovskis; 
Carol Mensinger; Alice Peacock; the Ed Miller, Srs.; 
Steeles; Hoberts; Ruth Ann Cone; Viers; Peughs; 
Ramseys; Grahams; Huletts; Salazars; Nairns; Burks; 
and Nords. Come and hear as they share their "Heart 
to Change the World." For advance reservations, please 
send the following form with your $5.95 payment by July 
15. Tickets may also be purchased at the hospitality 
booth until Monday, August 1. All prepaid tickets can 
be picked up at the hospitality booth. 



Please reserve . 



. tickets for the GBFM 



Breakfast Challenge Hour, "Heart to Change the 
World", Enclosed is $5.95 for each ticket. 

Name 

Address 



Send to: GBFM, 

P.O. Box 588 
Winona Lake, IN 46590 




The Tokyo, Japan GBC celebrated its first anniver- 
sary service on Easter Sunday with 28 Japanese adults, 
10 Japanese youth, four missionaries; GBFM Executive 
Director Tom Julien and his wife, Doris; and Board 
member Wayne Beaver and his wife, Dorothy. 



A Prayer Answered 
in a Child's Life 






A year ago many were asked to pray for Tristan, in- 
fant son of Robert and Linda Booth, in the Stuttgart, 
Germany GBC. He had a rare blood disease in the 
cancer family requiring a year of chemotherapy. The 
last treatment was administered March 24 and the doc- 
tors are quite encouraged at his progress. 

Says Roger Peugh, "He has had some up and down 
weeks and it's not always been easy. He has usually 
been able to make it to church in recent months and 
is really developing into a 'little man.'" 

Roger showed the bulletins and prayer sheets from 
many churches in the U.S. where Tristan was mentioned 
to the child's parents. They were overwhelmed. 

Since that time Linda asked if she could express her 
thanks. Here is a letter from her: 

"Pastor Roger Peugh has given us this welcome oppor- 
tunity to write a personal note. Many times we have been 
greatly moved to know how hundreds of people - unknown 
to us, but our brothers and sisters in Christ - have been 
with us in prayer through these past 12 months. 

"We have been so encouraged and strengthened by the 
Lord's faithful answering of His people's faithful prayer. 
Tristan's treatment finished March 24th. The doctors are 
pleased with the results of the chemotherapy, 



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FOREIGN MISSIONS 



and we believe we may be hopeful that the disease will 
not recur, though a recurrence would not be impossible. 
"We praise our Savior, who suffered unto death for us, 
that He alleviated the side affects of the chemotherapy in 
the later stages; Tristan seems to have no fear of the 
hospital or doctors, and has developed normally - a hap- 
py and courageous child, a source of much joy. It is hard 
to express thanks to every single person who has lovingly 
uplifted us in prayer. We are so very, very grateful. Our own 
prayer is that the Lord may richly bless you and reward 
you for such faithfulness and love." 

Opposition from 
State Church 




The Lutheran State Church district superintendent in 
Aalen, West Germany seems to be concerned by the 
presence of missionaries John and Becky Pappas and 
Edna Haak. He recently told them that general evan- 
gelism such as having a book table in the pedestrian zone 
or children's rallies would be acceptable, but more direct 
efforts such as door to door evangelism would "infringe" 
on the work of the two state churches (Lutheran and 
Catholic). Since most people belong (on paper) to one 
of the two state churches, growth of the Grace Brethren 
church would mean a decline of the existing churches. 

A Catholic priest in the area has also expressed op- 
position. He refers to the Grace Brethren as a "sect" 
because they do not accept infant baptism. This has 
resulted in three girls being forbidden to come to the 
children's meetings. 



Burning 

^eyes, a 55 year-old < 



Idols 



Pedro Reyes, a 55 year-ola" Catholic shoemaker and 
father of seven grown children from Calumpang, Philip- 
pines was a follow-up contact from the Whitcomb pro- 
phecy rally, held at the Marikina GBC in June 1987. 

Says missionary Ted Ruiz, "Pedro and I studied the 
Bible together for several weeks, but he told me that he 
did not finish grade school and studying the Bible was 
really difficult for him. But as we continued to study the 
Bible, Pedro's abilities to read, write, and understand scrip- 
tural principles increased!" 

God was working in Pedro's life: changing attitudes, 
desires, and lifestyle. For instance, he regularly got up at 
4 a.m. in order to read God's Word. He began to see the 
vanity of pursuing gambling, politics, and cock-fighting. 




On August 7, 1987, he received Christ as his Savior. 

Ted remembers, "One of the most dramatic changes 
I saw in his life was his desire to remove all idols from 
his house. To the Filipino Catholic, household idols are 
very sacred. They say that the idols help you worship God 
and bring good luck. To remove them would bring bad 
luck and disgrace the family. 




"Pedro saw that these idols really had no value. They 
were worthless. One Saturday morning, a handful of us 
from the church helped Pedro load all of his idols and 
worship relics (several sacks full) into a van, drove out 
to some nearby hills, and burned them! It was a fragrant 
aroma to God as well as a blazing testimony to the com- 
munity of God's life-changing power!" 

Two of Pedro's children and his wife have recently 
become Christians. 



SRALD/ June 15, 1988 



9 



EVANGELISM 



How UNFRIENDLY 

Towards Visitors Are You? 

by Itom Raabe 



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Let's take a quiz. Just eight, 
short, easy, multiple-choice 
questions geared to help you 
analyze one of the most impor- 
tant aspects of your church life. 
It's called, "How Unfriendly 
Toward Visitors Are You?" 

I know it must sound odd to 
formulate a questionnaire with 
such an unconventional tide - in 
the negative and all - but I think 
it's important that we deal in fact 
and reality. For that reason, I do 
not title the questionnaire, "How 
Friendly Toward Visitors Are 
You?," because friendliness 
toward visitors, to be frank, is an 
anomaly in many of our 
churches. Unfriendliness too 
often is the norm. 

Don't get me wrong. Our 
church people may be the most 
affable, congenial, loving and car- 
ing people on earth, generally 
speaking. But, when they are 
assembled in the narthex of their 
churches following Sunday wor- 
ship, something happens. Strange 



faces, visitors, those not part of 
their circle of friends, suddenly 
are shunned or ignored. 

It's true! Why else would large 
assemblies of loving, caring Chris- 
tians feel compelled to actually 
appoint people whose sole func- 
tion at Sunday services is to be 
friendly toward visitors? Why else 
would we commission squads of 
greeters to stand with their right 
hands of fellowship outstretched 
at every church door? If we didn't 
appoint people to do it, I'm afraid 
that too often it wouldn't get done. 

We emphasize friendliness 
toward visitors in a myriad of 
ways: by the pinning on of special 
visitor name-tags, by the distribu- 
tion of visitor-recognidon packets, 
by visitor-introduction segments 
in our services, by the signing of 
guest registers and by weekly ex- 
hortations from our pastors call- 
ing for geniality and love to be ex- 
changed among all in attendance, 
but especially to the visitors. 

Yet, despite all this, a visitor 



often stands a better chance of 
talking to somebody in the Gobi 
Desert at high noon on a summer 
day than he does of striking up a 
conversation in the church foyer 
following Sunday Worship I know. 
I visit plenty of churches and 
when I walk out of most of them, 
I wonder if I forgot to use my 
deodorant. 

One might even come to the 
conclusion that people want to be 
unfriendly toward visitors, that 
people are happy when they do 
not befriend visitors. Thus, the 
tenor of the questionnaire. 

But enough preamble. Let's do 
it. One answer for each question. 
No time limit. You'll be glad at the 
end. 

1. You are sitting in a pew 
with your spouse and six 
children, the youngest of 
whom is two, and each of 
whom has a hymnal and a 
worship folder of his or her 
very own. Next to your 
youngest, at the end of the 



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pew, sits a visitor. He has no 
hymnal, no worship folder 
and no idea whatsoever of 
what is going on. He looks 
lost, forlorn, befuddled. What 
do you do? 

a. Point out a different pew to 
him where there are some 
hymnals available. 

b. Tell him he can have the 
hymnal your two-year old is 
crayoning in, but he has to take 
it away from the tyke. 

c. Give him your hymnal and 
guide him through the service. 

2. When a visitor stands at 
your church to receive special 
recognition following the 
benediction, how do you greet 
that visitor? 

a. You pretend you didn't notice 
he was a visitor. 

b. You ask him to become a 
Sunday School superintendent. 

c. You approach him after the 
service with words of welcome. 

3. Visitors walking out of 
your church following Sun- 
day worship feel like: 

a. Low-order invertebrates. 

b. Intruders at some invitation- 
only social gathering. 

c. Valued and loved members 
of God's creation. 

4. As soon as the benediction 
and announcements have been 
completed, and you have been 
dismissed by the pastor, what 
do you do? 

a. Blow out the doors like you 
came equipped with booster 
rockets. 

b. Hurry through the pastor's 
receiving line, and then chum 
up to your friends to swap the 
latest gossip. 



c. Actively seek out any visitors 
and attempt to make them feel 
welcome. 

5. You are in the coffee line. 
You do not recognize the per- 
son in front of you. He takes a 
cup of coffee and turns to look 
entreatingly toward you, hop- 
ing to strike up a conversa- 
tion. What do you say? 

a. "Make sure you put some 
money in the coffee kitty, bud. 
The stuffs not cheap, you 
know." 

b. You say nothing, because 
you don't know whether he's a 
visitor. Shucks, you don't even 
know two-thirds of the 
members! And besides, being 
friendly to visitors is the 
greeters' job. 

c. You say, "Let me get you a 
guest name-tag. Would you like 
to attend Bible class with me?" 

6. Complete the following 
sentence. As far as a visitor is 
concerned, the chief dif- 
ference between the lobby of 
my church following Sunday 
service and a busy New York 
City street at lunchtime on a 
working day, is that: 

a. On the New York City street, 
some of the people might say 
"Hi." 

b. On the New York City street, 
they don't wear name tags. 

c. On the New York City street, 
a person is not surrounded by 
Christian brothers and sisters 
who will go out of their way to 
make a visitor feel like an in- 
tegral part of the Christian 
community. 

7. The greeters at your 
church: 

a. Are too busy visiting with 
friends to notice any visitors. 

b. Are afraid of strangers. 

c. Recognize the importance of 
presenting a positive first im- 
pression of the church. 



8. What measures would be 
necessary to get the people at 
your church to befriend a 
visitor following Sunday 
worship? 

a. Dress the newcomer in a 
florescent-orange hunting vest 
with the word "VISITOR" 
spelled out on front and back 
in 5-inch-high letters and stand 
him in a roped-off area in the 
middle of the narthex during 
the fellowship hour. 

b. Issue him an oversized 
visitor's name tag and drag 
him up to the front of the 
church following announce- 
ments for an embarrassing 
special introduction. 

c. Do nothing out of the or- 
dinary, as people at your 
church naturally respond to a 
visitor with love and affection. 

To tally your score, give 
yourself 10 points for every letter 
"a" you circled; five points for 
every letter "b"; and zero for 
every letter "c". Remember, we 
are trying to determine how un- 
friendly you are. Add your scores, 
then plug them into the following 
chart to find out where you stand 
on the unfriendliness index. If 
you scored: 

60-80: You are extremely un- 
friendly toward visitors. You 
won't have to worry about seeing 
that visitor again! 

40-60: You are unfriendly 
toward newcomers. It will be a 
while before someone breaks in- 
to your post-service circle of 
conversation. 

20-40: You are friendly toward 
visitors. Do others look at you 
quizzically? 

0-20: You are extremely friend- 
ly. Look out! That visitor just 
might be back! £3 




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WOMEN'S MISSIONARY COUNCIL 



What Do I Say? 



by Judy Daniels 



You've just heard that one of 
your friends may have cancer. Do 
you react in any of these ways? 

1 . 1 don't know what to say, so 
it would be better if I don't say 
anything. 

Your friend probably didn't 
know what to say when she first 
heard either. The important thing 
is that you say something now, so 
that she knows you care about 
her. You don't have to say a lot. 
"I'm really sorry this happened, 
and I'm praying for you," can lift 
the spirits of someone who's 
burdened by a problem. No mat- 
ter what the problem is -- health, 
divorce, job loss, death -- just 
knowing someone is thinking 
about you and praying for you 
makes it easier to bear. 

2. She probably doesn't want 
to think about it. If I say 
something it will make her feel 
worse. 

You're right about the first part, 
she doesn't want to think about it. 
But she does anyway. It's the first 
thing she thinks about when she 
wakes up in the morning, and she 
falls asleep thinking about it at 
night (if she can sleep at all). If you 
say something to her at least she'll 
know you're not ignoring her. Now 
she'll know someone's going 
through it with her. They already 
feel alone. Don't ignore them and 
make it worse. 

3. I don't know why this hap- 
pened, so what can I say that 
will help? 



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National Goal 

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More likely than not, your friend 
doesn't know why it happened 
either. None of us knows why God 
works in certain ways and we 
aren't capable of knowing what 
He has in mind or what His 
timetable is. But we do know He 
loves us, knows all about our pro- 
blems, and He's taking care of us 
and doesn't forget about us. You 
don't need to explain the problem 
or preach a sermonette to your 
friend. Just a few sincere words 
are all that's needed. 

4. J don't know how she'll react 
if I say something. 

Chances are, she'll do better 
than you think. It can be unset- 
tling to talk to a friend about 
something serious - and it's easier 
to just avoid it. But it's not the best 
thing for her - or for you. 

So what's the point? Just this: 
all around us, some pretty sad 
things are happening to people we 
know. If a relative or friend is go- 
ing through a hard time, don't ig- 
nore the problem and act as if 
nothing is happening. Just a sim- 
ple word or two (in private) or a 
phone call or note to that person 
shows them that you care. 

The fact that you acknowledged 
your friend's problem in the 
beginning may give you an oppor- 
tunity to help her later or lead her 
to Christ if she's not a Christian. 
There will be times that she won't 
feel like talking, but there will be 
other times that she'll need to and 
you'll know that ~ if you're sen- 



sitive to the situation and a good 
listener. She probably just wants 
to know you're there if she needs 
you. 

And one other thing: once 
you've told her you're praying for 
her, think what you can do to 
help. In almost every situation, 
something can be done. Children 
can be taken care of, meals 
brought in, financial help given 
(even anonymously), visits made, 
etc. A little creative thinking can 
produce a lot of helpful ideas. 

So what does this have to do 
with WMC? It has everything to 
do with Women Manifesting 
Christ and that's why we're sup- 
posed to be in WMC. What good 
are we if we act concerned about 
someone 4,000 miles away on a 
mission field, but after the 
meeting we ignore the person sit- 
ting beside us, whose husband 
just left her. There's no reason we 
can't be involved with both our 
neighbors - the one overseas and 
the one next door. Some women 
do a great job with this, but a lot 
of us just need to be reminded 
once in a while. 13 



Judy Daniels is the former co-editor 
of The Gazette, published by the In- 
diana District WMC, where this ar- 
ticle originally appeared. She is a 
graduate of Grace College (B.A. 
1972), and lives in Winona Lake, IN, 
with her husband, Denny, and two 
daughters: Amy, 11, and Lesley, 7. 



Homemakers are very conscious of the value of 
vitamins in the food that is daily prepared in their 
kitchens and served to their families. Since we have 
heard of vitamins and balanced diets, women have 
tried to follow the rules for better meals. What 
wonderful vitamins were in the meal Jeremiah 
describes when he wrote, "Thy words were 
found, and I did eat them; and thy word was 
unto me the joy, and rejoicing of mine heart" 
Jer. 15:16 



West Penn District 

The following quotation appeared in the West Penn District WMC Spring 
Rally booklet. 



What are some of the vitamins in the word of 
God? What are the ingredients that will help our 
spiritual diet? 

Vit. A - Assurance (Heb. 6:11; Col. 2:2) 
Vit. B - Brotherly Kindness (Rom. 12:10; 
Heb. 13:1) 

Vit. C - Courage (Ps. 27:14; Deut. 31:6) 
Vit. D - Diligence (II Cor. 8:7; II Peter 1:5) 
Vit. E - Everlasting Life John 5:24; Luke 
18:29-30) submitted by Ruth Barndt 



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BRETHREN EVANGELISTIC MINISTRIES 



The Totality of Our Task 



The intense competition and the achievements 
displayed at the Winter Olympics were a refreshing 
break from the usual, run-of-the-mill TV fare. Here 
were the top athletes of the nations of the world, 
giving their best to win a medal for their country. 
Athletic events require that participants give 100% 
of themselves in order to be a medalist. This is also 
true in the spiritual realm. God has given us His 
written Word. It is not 90% correct and 10% doubt- 
ful, or else we could never be certain what to 
believe. All Scripture is the result of the creative 
breath of God (II Tim. 3:16). The Bible teaches that 
all men are lost and face certain death and judg- 
ment, but it also informs us that Jesus died for all. 
His blood cleanses from all sin. So there is a com- 
pleteness, a totality that permeates God's written 
revelation. 

Are there times when "all" does not mean "all"? 
Yes. When the Bible says Jesus healed all of the 
multitudes of the sick who came to Him, it means 
only in a relative sense, not everyone living! But 
when we consider the Great Commission as found 
in the Gospels and Acts, there is no escaping its 
all-inclusiveness. There is a sense of totality in 
these marching orders from our Commander. 

Consider in Matthew 28:18 the totality of His 
power. Some translations use "authority" instead 
of power. The two words are not exactly the same. 
It is possible to have power and yet lack authority 
to use it. Or, one may have authority and lack the 
ability to enforce something. But Jesus Christ 
possessed the perfect combination of power and 
authority. He has commissioned us to act in His 
name and by His authority. Like the believers at 
Pentecost, we can be endued with power from on 
high as we are filled with His spirit. We can do 
whatever it is God wants us to do for Him since 
Christ has all authority and power. 

"Go ye . . ." was not given only to the disciples, 
but to all of us. So there is the totality of His pro- 
claimers. The Spirit at Pentecost came upon all 
the believers, not just the apostles. The persecu- 
tion in Acts 8:1,4 scattered believers and they went 
everywhere preaching the Word - that is, except 
the apostles! It was not the apostles who were pro- 
claiming, but the laity ~ all of them. The idea that 
evangelism belongs only to the pastor and gifted 
few is not from the Bible. There is a universal 
priesthood of believers, but there is also the univer- 
sal prophethood of believers! We are all involved. 



by Ron E. Thompson 
President, Board of Evangelism 




There is no questioning the totality of our 
parameters. It is into all the world (Mark 16:15) 
and to every creature (Matt. 28:19). God has given 
us the Great Commission and the ability to carry 
it out as well. Christian, you are God's instrument. 
Our success is assured because it rests in God, not 
some method or tool. The mighty hurricane 
sweeps over an area affecting everything in its 
path, yet in the "eye" of that hurricane there is a 
calmness. We can win our World for Christ if we 
remember that the secret lies in our relationship 
to Him, and a quiet and utter dependence upon 
His Spirit. 

The totality of our proclamation includes 
"all things" Christ commanded us (Matt 28:20). 
We are to declare the whole counsel of God. Our 
goal is not decisions, but disciples - mature, 
responsible members of a local church. Our task 
is not completed until those who come to Christ 
are continuing in Christ. 

Does all this sound impossible? It would be, if 
it were dependent on human resources. But Matt. 
28:20 gives us the totality of His presence. The 
Omnipotent Savior will never leave nor forsake us! 
He will be with us until our mission is 
accomplished, even until the end of this present 
age. 

The widow gave all her funds to the Savior. The 
disciples left all to follow Christ. Spiritual cham- 
pions must give everything. The totality of our task 
demands that we give Christ our all. Are you total- 
ly involved in reaching your world for the Savior? 




Rev. Ron Thompson is the Coordinator and 
President of the Board for Brethren Evangelistic 
Ministries. He also serves as pastor of the Patter- 
son Memorial Grace Brethren Church in Roanoke. 
Virginia. 



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BRETHREN MISSIONARY HERALD 



Letters from Our Readers 



Many thanks to Jennie Sholly and the 
Brethren Herald for the factual article on 
AIDS (March 15, '88). Presented without 
hysteria or moralizing, it gave straightfor- 
ward and unbiased information that we all 
need to know. 

I have been involved for some months 
with an outreach to AIDS victims and their 
families in a conservative Northern Califor- 
nia county. The unchristian attitude ex- 
pressed by many of my fellow so-called 
Christians is appalling. Unfortunately, even 
some ministers of the Gospel cannot be ex- 
cluded. Remarks like "they (AIDS victims) 
are only getting what they deserve" and 
"They're going to die anyway - the sooner 
the better" have been the rule rather than 
the exception. Some of these victims are be- 
ing cared for by their Christian families, yet 
in some instances the entire family has 
been ostracized by neighbors and church 
members. 

Rather than supporting our County 
Health Department in its efforts to educate 
about AIDS, a group of fundamentalist 
church members has banded together to 
bring into the community a controversial 
speaker on "The AIDS Coverup?" (sic) who's 
main effort seemingly has been to stimulate 
fear and divert moneys into questionable 
political programs. This group impresses 
me as being more concerned about increas- 
ed insurance and hospital costs than they 
are in minimizing the spread of the virus 
by realistic, educational programs. 

My ministry is not church supported and 
I know of none in Northern California that 
is. But as a Christian, I am in a position not 
only to bring solace and support to these 
unfortunate individuals and their families, 
but also to witness of Christ's love and 
salvation. I feel this should be one of our 
prime concerns. 

I pray our Brethren church members will 
not fall into the trap that is already dividing 
Christians in this county. 

I think Rosene Dunkle said it all when she 
wrote: 

Jesus, make us unafraid to shed 
with them a tear 

lb hold them close and love them; to 
chase away their fear. 

Give us Your compassion. Lord, to 
love as they need love. 

And lead them to the Savior, Jesus 
Christ above. 

Franklin Zook 
Chico, CA 



Through the Bi 



I'm glad for the investment of yearly Bible reading since 1950. 
Now that I have a hard-of-hearing problem, familiar passages 
are easier to locate when I miss Pastor Dick Mayhue's references 
during his messages. 

I never knew the value of that initial decision to read through 
the Bible each year. But now I treasure that decision greatly. 
A few years - about 5-6, 1 failed catching up on a few chapters 
- once 2 books. Otherwise, I've made it through each year. 

Not only has the yearly reading enriched my heart, but I used 
that knowledge to put together my chalk stories since 1970 (in 
Taiwan and in the U.S.). May others find the joy that I have and 
its rich rewards. 

Adeline Gordon 

Long Beach, CA 



On April 25th, 1988, 1 completed reading the Bible through 
for '88. Having begun on January 1st, I am surprised to have 
accomplished this in such a short time. 

It has been 10 plus years that it has been my privilege to do 
this reading and many years found me "cramming" in 
December. 

This year 4:00 - 6:00 a.m. found me in the Word (devouring 
it) along with my prayer journal and mission lists. 

Someone has written: "Just to sit before God - adoring Him, 
communicating with Him - enjoying Him -- that can't be 
rushed!! 

What now? Well, I'll continue verse by verse study of Proverbs 
and next take up Daniel. And when time permits during the 
day - keep quoting my memory verses! 

My commitment and anticipation for the day this year has 
been found in Psalm 5:3 "In the morning, O Lord, Thou wilt 
hear my voice; In the morning I will order my prayer to Thee 
and eagerly watch!" Ruth A . Shipley 

West Alexandria, OH 



In the Nov. 15th ('87) issue of the Herald you threw out a 
challenge to read through the Bible in 1988. 

I have averaged reading through the Bibie yearly for quite 
some time. 

In considering your challenge, I thought, "Why not read 
through the Bible in six months rather than a year?" I began 
Jan. 1 to do just that. Then I thought, "why not in less than 
6 months?" 

I am happy to report that this morning (April 14th) I completed 
reading clear through and I will now begin to read through the 
second time in 1988. 

I trust many of our people have taken up your challenge. How 
can we know what the Bible has for us if we don't read it 
and see what the Lord has for us in it? 

Herman J. Schumacher 
Warsaw, IN 



DRALD/ June 15, 1988 



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DEVOTIONAL 



Cultivating Meaningful Friendships 

by Raeann Hart 



When a crushing disappointment has flattened 
us, the comfort of a friend can lift us up. When we 
experience the joy of a special accomplishment, 
we feel even better when we have shared our ex- 
citement with a friend. When we are confused, a 
trustworthy friend can help us sort out our feel- 
ings. We are relationship-seeking people created 
by a relationship-seeking God. The most mean- 
ingful picture of our lives can be obtained by 
measuring our personal relationships. 

Proverbs is full of examples of the importance 
of having friends. When several extremely suc- 
cessful and busy men shared ideas on a Focus on 
the Family radio program to discuss Burnout (the 
overwhelming result we experience when we have 
been overcome by the stresses of today), they all 
agreed that having friends was one of the most im- 
portant ways to beat Burnout and combat stress. 

The values of having friendships are more 
numerous than can be listed. Unfortunately, in the 
fast pace of the eighties, many of us have neglected 
the time and effort that it takes to nuture mean- 
ingful friendships. What is a friend, anyway? 

A friend is one who is a trusted confidant to 
whom we are mutually drawn as a companion 
and an ally, whose love is not dependent on 
performance and whose influence draws us 
closer to God. Friendships should not be based 
upon what friends do together, but on a deep, car- 
ing concern for each other. "A friend loves at all 
times." Proverbs 17:17. 

We all have different capacities for friendships. 
Men tend to have relationships that center around 
things they do and what they think. Women tend 
to have relationships that center around deep shar- 
ing and how they feel. Both men and women need 
friends and are more vital people when they have 
meaningful friendships. 

There are several levels of friendships. The first 
level is that of acquaintances. We all have many 
acquaintances and this group includes everyone 
we know. The next level of friendship is our group 
of casual friends. These people are more important 
to us and are closer. The third level constitutes our 
close friends, who may be personal close friends 
and associates and include our mentor and work- 
ing relationships. The fourth level is our intimate, 
best friends. These friendships take emotional 
energy and time. We may only have six to eight 
close friends in our lifetime, but these friends 
remain. 

We can compare these four levels of friendships 



to the people in Jesus' life. He shared himself with 
crowds of people (Level 1: Acquaintances). The 70 
traveled with him and shared his life (Level 2: 
Casual Friends). The twelve disciples all shared a 
close friendship with Jesus (Level 3: Close 
Friends), but Peter, James and John became his 
most intimate friends (Level 4: Intimate Friends). 
These three men were chosen to climb the Mount 
of Transfiguration with Jesus and go to the Garden 
of Gethsemane with him to pray. 

It is important to have friends, 

but only Christ can be our 

perfect friend, 

Jesus had the same divine love for everyone He 
met and He died on the cross for all of them, but 
He spent more time and had a greater investment 
in His closest friends. They received from him and 
could return encouragement and affection to him. 
What are the qualities of a friend? A friend is: 

Loyal 

One Who Shares 

Fun 

Stimulating 

Encouraging 

Self -Sacrificing 

Loving 

Spiritual 
These qualities list the ideal friendship and take 
TIME and EFFORT. We mentioned in our defini- 
tion of a friend "the love of a friend is not depen- 
dent on performance", so our friendships are not 
discarded when our friends do not measure up to 
this list. People are human and are imperfect. 
Christ can be our only perfect friend and He fulfills 
all these requirements. Christ is loyal, He shares 
his life with us. His love is perfect. 

A friend is loyal. "He who covers over an offense 
promotes love, but whoever repeats the matter 
separates close friends." Proverbs 17:9. 

A friend is one who shares. One-way, intimate 
sharing will not build an intimate friendship. 
Friends share their burdens with each other. Many 
of us find it extremely difficult to share anything 
of a deeply personal nature, because it creates a 
risk if our friends are not loyal. We are afraid that 
if someone really knows and understands our feel- 
ings they will not care for us. It does take a risk 
and a great effort to share our personal feelings 



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with our close friends, but this risk can bring great 
fellowship and even greater rewards. Christ lived a 
transparent life and He expects us to do the same. 

A friend is fun. Some of our most memorable oc- 
casions are cemented in fun. God is the creator of 
every good thing. His Old Testament laws arranged 
for days of rest and times of festivity. The God who 
created giraffes and monkeys has also created our 
sense of humor. We need to have fun with our 
friends, times to enjoy God's creation and our abili- 
ty to laugh and enjoy the life He gave to us. 

A friend is encouraging and stimulating. "Per- 
fume and incense bring joy to the heart, and the 
pleasantness of one's friend springs from his 
earnest counsel." Proverbs 27:9. Paul encouraged 
his friends in Thessalonica to "encourage one 
another and build each other up, just as in fact 
you are doing." I Thessalonians 5:11. The 
ultimate goal of any friendship should be to 
build each other up in the Lord and be fully- 
equipped to do the .Lord's work. 

A friend is self-sacrificing. Friendships take time 
and nurturing. To be a friend means to invest a 
part of yourself with no guarantee that your efforts 
will be returned. 

When you have a friend, you will cry when they 
cry and suffer when they are hurting. You will have 
to sacrifice your time to listen to their problems 
and share their joys. You may have to sacrifice your 
personal wishes when your friend needs 
something. It is a sacrifice to take food to a friend 
who is sick or spend time with them at the hospital 
or watch their children. The value of a friendship 



can be measured in your willingness to sacrifice 
your time and feelings for your friends, however 
the rewards returned to you are well worth the 
investment. 

The best friendships are loving and spiritual. 
When you have invested your time in building an 
intimate friendship, the Lord can use you both to 
build each other up and bring you both closer to 
the Lord. It takes a deep relationship to be able to 
handle and accept criticism, but we often need 
honest criticism to grow and we may only accept 
it when it is given from a close friend. We need to 
be accountable to someone and our closest Chris- 
tian friends can share that accountability. 

When I look back at the teachable moments in 
my life, I see that the Lord usually used close 
friends to point me to His Word to help me grow. 
I could accept their advice, because they had made 
a commitment of friendship to me. One of the 
wisest things my mother ever told me was to Love 
People and Use Things. She encouraged me to 
never switch those two around by loving things 
and using people. Cultivating meaningful friend- 
ships means to Love People, not to use them, to 
care about our friends because Christ wants us to, 
not just because we expect something in return. 

What did Christ have to say about friendships? 
A passage from John 15:13-15 sheds a great deal 
of light on our position as Christ's friends. "My 
command is this: Love each other as I have loved 
you. Greater love has no one than this, that he 
lay down his life for his friends. You are my 
friends if you do what I command. I no longer call 



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DEVOTIONAL 



you servants, because a servant does not know 
his master's business. Instead, I have called you 
friends, for everything that I learned from my 
father I have made known to you." Friends will 
eagerly share with each other those things they 
have learned from the father through His word. 
When John wrote his letter to Gaius (3 John) he 
also gave us a picture of an intimate Christian 
friendship. He wrote, "7b my dear friend Gaius, 
whom I love in the truth. Dear friend, I pray that 
you may enjoy good health . . . you are faithful 
in what you are doing . . . do not imitate what 
is evil but what is good. Anyone who does what 
is good is from God . . . I hope to see you soon, 
and we will talk face to face . . . Greet the friends 
there by name." The tone of John's letter was en- 
couraging. He wished his friend well and showed 
that he cared about him. He encouraged his friend 
to continue to be faithful and he inspired his friend 
to continue to imitate what is good. He pointed his 
friend back to God. He also looked forward to 
spending time with his friend in person to share 
with him. 




Good friends are not afraid to 
show genuine ojfection. 



"Wounds from a friend can be trusted" Proverbs 
18:24. "As iron sharpens iron, so one man 
sharpens another." Proverbs 27:17. God has 
chosen to use people to spread the gospel to other 
people. He has chosen friends to have the greatest 



impact on each other's lives. We cannot try to 
become like rocks or islands and maintain an 
isolation which will protect us from caring about 
others. The Christ who sacrificed His life for us to 
change us from enemies to friends expects us to 
build friendships to help others come to know Him 
better. Invest your time in cultivating meaningful 
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bring glory to Himself. 

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Christ has sacrificed more for us than any other 
friend ever could and His love will never fail. God 
gives us this message in Isaiah 41:10. 
"So do not fear, for I am with you; 
do not be dismayed, for I am your God. 
I will strengthen you and help you; 
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21 



CURRENT CHRISTIAN ISSUES 



The Babysitter 



All American parents of children and youth 
eventually face the issue. Shall we go out to din- 
ner tonight? What will we do with the children? 
Can we find a babysitter? Can we afford one? 
Maybe we can count on good old grandma and 
grandpa for the evening or overnight. Decisions! 
Decisions! Decisions! But what about the babysit- 
ter which parents use when they are at home? 
"What? A babysitter while we're home," you may 
shriek. "It costs enough to hire a babysitter while 
we are gone for the evening. Do you seriously think 
that we're insane enough to secure one when we're 
home?" Wait a minute, I'm not talking about a 
human sitter. In fact, the sitter of which I speak 
is already in most homes - the TV.! 

After a horrendous day at the office, at the shop 
or wherever; Mom and Dad stagger into the house 
- having fought the great traffic jungle battle as 
they were homeward bound. As they collapse on 
the rocker- recliner they cry, "Just give me five 
minutes!" They actually mean five hours, but they 
know it will never happen. Meanwhile the children 
are engrossed in that after-school special which at 
least keeps them out of Dad's and Mom's hair. 
"Boy, what a relief it is to know that the children 
are watching TV. and not up to their necks in trou- 
ble," Mom thinks to herself as she catches forty 
winks. But is TV. such an asset? That is, especial- 
ly when it's not monitored? 

Ms. Judy Price, the person in charge of the CBS 
children's programs and daytime specials, recently 
declared, "When it comes to issues affecting 
children, nothing is off limits." (see NFD Journal; 
September 1987, p. 2). The only concession Judy 
Price makes in program content is to assure that 
they contain nothing unacceptable to the Public 
School System, since such programs are often 
used for classroom educational viewing. Some of 
the themes that are targeted by Ms. Price are: 
teenage suicide, racism, social class discrimina- 
tion, drug abuse, drunk driving, homosexuality, 
aids, the right to die, step-parents, death in the 
family and the existence of God. Such subjects are 




usually unsolvable and extremely complex with 
adults, let alone the after-school group. They are 
also delicate subjects which are critical as to how 
they are presented and unfortunately they are ex- 
clusively presented with a humanistic bias. For ex- 
ample, homosexuality is depicted as a lifestyle via 
such statements as: "You can fall in love and you 
can be as happy as you want to be," rather than 
a perversion which can lead to a bleak existence 
and end. 

Price entered the field of children's program- 
ming for a startling reason: namely "she could get 
more controversial subject matter past the net- 
work censors than with adult programming," (NFD 
Journal; Loccit.). Price said, "I could get away with 
more. I think we've broken a lot of ground where 
people would not have dared to go in prime time." 
The plain and obvious implications is that when 
parents are watching the set, they would profuse- 
ly object to such content, but during dinner 
preparation or when Dad and Mom are catching 
those forty winks while the TV. set is playing the 
role of babysitter - anything goes. Can we afford 
that kind of unguarded carelessness? 



22 



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CURRENT CHRISTIAN ISSUES 



NO ONE CAN AFFORD 

by Rev. Glenn A. Miller 




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Another case in point involved the same network 
(CBS) and the very same Vice President of 
children's programming (Judy Price). Up until 
September 20, 1987, CBS was piloting a new 
television show based on the GARBAGE PAIL 
KIDS bubble gum cards. These bubble gum cards 
depict such self-destructive feats as a child cutting 
off his own head, another child poking her own 
eyes out, a child setting off firecrackers in his 
mouth, and a girl stuffing herself in a trash com- 
pactor. All of this warped action is pawned off as 
humorous. The message is strong and clear: life 
is treated on a low, self-destructive plane and 
"kids" are little more than garbage fit for a pail - 
some kind of humor, isn't it? Like sick and kinky 
humor! 

Mrs. Price denied the incorporation of the more 
bizarre acts on the TV. version of the bubble gum 
cards, but her assurance that the program is 
"harmless" lacks any kind of credibility. Going by 
her past record, it is not her modus operandi to 
present "harmless" subject matter. At the very 
best it has been humanistic in content. 

The most single aspect of the show that is totally 



frightening is the fact that the seemingly normal 
characters posses the power to "trash out," accord- 
ing to Charles White, a journalist from Topeka, 
Kansas. This term means that whenever the child 
says, "Trash out," he or she magically assumes the 
identity of one of the characters on the cards. 
Anyone can immediately perceive the permanent 
psychological damage inflicted on a child who 
already possesses a dangerously low self image 
level. Other serious problems are: Since both the 
TV characters and bubble gum cards possess the 
same name, how will the children separate the 
message on the cards from that of the show? Or 
what will keep little sisters or brothers from 
inflicting acts of violence on each other? 

Due to the uproar expressed by well-informed 
Christians and concerned citizens, CBS has final- 
ly decided to cancel the show, but they didn't 
cancel Ms. Judy Price. The same mind is at the 
helm of the CBS children's programming and you 
can be sure that this mind will continue to search 
and invent other avenues to "get away with more." 
Parents beware! Periodically break away from your 
preoccupations and check on what your children 
are viewing. Allow for that kind of inconvenient in- 
terruption in your life. It is always better to head 
such material off at the pass rather than to allow 
such TV. viewing to go on unattended - only later 
to reap a harvest of grief, wondering how could 
such a thing ever happen? Believe me, you can not 
afford that kind of babysitter!!! S3 

This article was written for LIFE-LINE, a 
publication of Plymouth Meeting E.C. Church. 
Reprinted by permission. 



URALD/ June 15, 1988 



23 



HOME MISSIONS 



Effective Shepherding 



by Ron Smals 



FLOCKS. The term evokes pictures of large 
groups of sheep grazing in a green pasture under 
the watchful eye of a shepherd. But at the Grace 
Brethren Church in Greensburg, PA, it is an 
acronym for a unique discipleship ministry and 
one that is effectively helping young Christians 
mature in their faith. 

What are FLOCKS? Aside from the words from 
which the term comes -- Fellowship, Leadership, 
Outreach, Caring, Knowledge, and Service, 
discipleship FLOCKS are small group ministries 
which meet for several hours each week in dif- 
ferent homes. Their purpose includes intensive Bi- 
ble study through application and interaction, ex- 
tensive prayer, fellowship, and caring. 

FLOCKS is not a 
substitute for the pulpit 
ministry, but an aid to 
it. The small group can 
effectively accomplish 
that which is harder to 
achieve when the whole 
congregation worships 
corporately. 

"The discipleship 
FLOCKS group provides 
unique opportunities 
which are not normally 
associated with tradi- 
tional church services," 
says Bob Loose, who is 
involved in the ministry 
at the Greensburg 
Grace Brethren Church. 
"In addition to studying 
God's Word and learn- 
ing how to become bet- 
ter disciples of Christ, 
the FLOCKS group provides an informal at- 
mosphere for developing a closer fellowship with 
other believers and provides an opportunity to free- 
ly discuss and pray about issues and problems. 
The FLOCKS ministry meets a unique need and 
is very relevant for this age," adds Bob, who is a 
nuclear engineer at Westinghouse. 

Biblically, the pattern of the early church in- 
dicates that Christians met both as large groups 
in settings such as the temple or synagogue, and 
as small groups in private homes (see Acts 2:46 




Participants in the 
FLOCKS ministry are 
deeply involved in 
studying the Word. 



and 4:42). Boths size groups met for the purpose 
of teaching, fellowship, and prayer, and together 
they served to form an effective local church 
ministry. Paul said to the elders of Ephesus, "You 
yourselves know . . . how I did not shrink from 
declaring to you anything that was profitable, 
and teaching you publicly and from house to 
house . . ." (Acts 20:18-20). 

Each letter in the name FLOCKS stands for the 
goals to be accomplished in each group: 

fellowship is encouraged by providing oppor- 
tunities for regular, personal interaction. This is 
something that is desperately needed in our very 
impersonal world. After facing a dog-eat-dog world 
throughout the week, FLOCKS provides the oppor- 
tunity for fellowship with those who are 
like-minded. 

i^eadership surfaces as believers are exposed to 
intensive Bible study and observed as to 
faithfulness in ministry and spiritual growth. Paul 
told Timothy, "And the things which you have 
heard from me in the presence of many 
witnesses, these entrust to faithful men, who will 
be able to teach others also" (II Timothy 2:2). 
FLOCKS provides an excellent environment to 
pass the Truth on to the faithful men. 

^Jutreach is promoted through training in per- 
sonal evangelism, as well as praying for the many 
unsaved contacts of each one in the group. Doug 
McClain, intern pastor at the Greensburg church 
who also works as a draftsmanfengineer, observes, 
"I doubt that we would all be involved in sharing 
our faith to the extent we are if it were not for the 
testimonies, prayer requests, and encouragement 
we share with one another in FLOCKS." 

^/aring is stimulated as there is opportunity to 
become intimately involved in each others' lives 
through prayer and by caring for physical needs 
as they are made known. "FLOCKS has grown to 
be a very important part of my week," says Joyce 
Jordon, a housewife in her mid-20s. "We can share 
very personal prayer requests, struggles, and 
triumphs, as well as draw strength from each 
other, encourage each other and lift each other and 
the needs of our church up to the Lord in a very 
special prayer time." 



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for the believer in a niche or ministry suited for 

him or her. 

What kind of impact has FLOCKS made on the 
lives of the people at the Greensburg Grace 
Brethren Church? As pastor, I have been thrilled 
to see the spiritual growth, as well as the compas- 
sion for the souls of men. Steve Martin, who was 
primarily responsible for beginning the work in 
Greensburg, gives testimony to the overall impact 
in his own life. 

"Growing up in a minister's home and going to 
a Christian high school and college, I've been in- 
volved in many church functions, programs, Bible 
studies, and other vehicles to provide growth for 
Christians," he says. "But it hasn't been until 
I recently that I have come to grips with my main 
objective as a believer. Through FLOCKS, I have 
, been awakened to a spiritual growth that I have 
never known before." 

Steve, who is a supervisor at PPG Industries in 

nearby Pittsburgh, goes on. "I have begun to com- 

' prehend what it is to be a disciple of Christ, to be 

i a worshipper. Christianity takes on a whole new 

I light when you begin to wrestle with passages that 

I state, "If anyone would come after me, he must 

deny himself and In the same way, any of you 

who does not give up anything he has, cannot be 

my disciple." 

Another member of the Greensburg congrega- 
tion who is involved in FLOCKS agrees. "The 
greatest influence FLOCKS has had on me is the 






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seing a disciple of 
Randy Jordon, the 
30-year-old manager ofPkax Restaurant. "The en- 
couragement and struggles shared by close friends 




Bob Loose and Karen and Ken Troutman listen 
closely during the Thursday night FLOCKS 
meeting at the Grace Brethren Church, 
Greensburg, PA, 

each week is a reminder that we're all involved in 
the spiritual battle and we need to strive for unity 
as we grow together in Christ and daily fend off 
the darts of the enemy." 

The spiritual battle does continue to rage in 
Greensburg as we strive to see souls saved for 
Christ. We are currently praying and sharing with 
more than 100 unsaved people in our city and sur- 
rounding communities. FLOCKS has been a 
means to enable us to effectively motivate believers 
to reach their world for Christ. It is not an end in 
and of itself, but it is an effective means to keep 
our focus on the true goal of "making disciples of 
all nations." 13 



HERALD/ June 15, 1988 



25 



HOME MISSIONS 



Aid to Others 




by Darrel Taylor 



Love. That's what we're all supposed to be about 
anyway, isn't it? Well, of course it is. And how good 
it is for me, a pastor, to see the sheep flocking 
together to aid other sheep who are hurting. Such 
was the case at the Down East Grace Brethren 
Church (Brunswick, ME) when Brian and Kathy 
Carter were in need. 

One cold winter night, Brian's life was 
threatened in his own driveway by a gun-wielding 
assailant. Later that same night, he found his leg 
to be severely broken -- cause unknown. Because 
he was under the influence of drugs at the time, 
he had no idea how it happened. 

In the weeks that followed, the Carter family was 
pulled in several directions. The end to home and 
family was in sight. 

But God had other plans for them. He dramat- 
ically intervened and saved Brian from death on 
the operating table. Brian's soul was saved from 
eternal destruction and his family was saved from 
disintegration. Brian's testimony is that God had 
to break his leg to get his attention and He got it! 

The people of the Down East Grace Brethren 
Church have had the joy of seeing the rebirth of 
life and hope in the lives of the Carters. 

About the same time, there was severe flooding 
at the local paper mill. That, coupled with the leg 
fracture, kept Brian out of work for a long period 
of time. Here was a need and an opportunity for 
the church to serve. 

The other sheep of the fold began to rally around 




The Carter family found help from the members 
of the Down East Grace Brethren Church, I 
Brunswick, ME in the time of need. They also 
found a Savior. Pictured are Brian and Kathy and 
their children, Michelle, 11, and Matthew, one. 

the Carters with love and prayers and a surprise 
gift of $535. What a joy it was to share with them 
and to see the effect of love in action. Q 

Darrel Taylor is pastor of the Down East Grace 
Brethren Church in Brunswick, ME. 



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HOME MISSIONS 



A Cure for Cancer 



I had been home in Albuquerque from the na- 
tional conference of the FGBC for two days last sum- 
mer when I received a phone call from the Long 
Beach (CA) Police Officer's Association. The voice on 
the other end of the line asked if I would conduct 
khe funeral service of Officer Mike Trone. 

The news of my friend and former colleague was 
:a surprise. I inquired as to when he had died. I was 
informed he was still living, but it was only "a mat- 
ter of time" before he would die. Officer Trone was 
■terminally ill with cancer and was making the 
necessary arrangements for his pending death! 

I agreed to conduct the service and as I hung up 
the phone, I began to reflect upon my friendship 
with Mike. He was a friend and an outstanding 
policeman, but his private life left much to be 
desired. To my knowledge, he was not a Christian. 
The thought suddenly hit me - if there isn't some 
.kind of contact with Mike before he dies, he'll be on 
his way to hell! 

Hurriedly, I called back the Long Beach Police Of- 
ficer's Association and got Mike's home phone 
number and address. 

I dialed his number and a woman identifying 
herself as Candy answered the phone and connected 
me with Mike. After we enjoyed some small talk, I 
told him that I'd like to come visit him. 

His response was negative, mentioning that he 
wasn't a "religious person" and that it would be too 
much trouble to come all the way to California to 
see him. I said I wanted to talk with him personal- 
ly, to have more than "police work" to discuss at his 
memorial service. 

I held my breath. After a pause, he agreed. 

It wasn't long before I was on a plane to Califor- 
nia. When I arrived at Mike's home in Cypress, his 
live-in girlfriend, Candy, ushered me into his 
bedroom. His appearance shocked me. Cancer had 
taken its toll and it was obvious that Mike didn't have 
much longer to live. 

We talked and laughed about the "good old days" 
iwhen we were cops together. I then shared my 
testimony and assured him that regardless of his 
past, God loved him! Our friendship allowed me to 
be candid and I wasted no time telling him that 
without Jesus Christ, he would spend eternity in a 
place the Bible called hell. 

It was time to leave. I prayed for him and he thank- 
ed me for our time together. I left him a pocket New 
Testament and he promised that he would "look it 
over" and consider all that I had shared with him. 
With a hug, I told him I'd be praying for him. 



by Tbm Hughes 




On my return flight to Albuquerque, I felt so in- 
adequate and prayed to God to convict Mike of his 
need for Christ. 

Almost four weeks went by. One day the phone 
rang. It was Mike. 

"Hey, buddy," he said. "I'm running out of time 
and we need to talk." My heart began to pound as 
he asked me to come back to California and share 
with him. 

With a prayer of thanks, I boarded a plane and 
headed for his home. 

When I arrived, Candy showed me to his room 
and then began to excuse herself so Mike and I 
could be alone. But Mike insisted she stay and hear 
whatever I had to share. 

What a joy to tell them the Good News of a lov- 
ing, patient Savior, who loved them with an 
everlasting love! They had many questions, but 
that September afternoon, a man, whose body was 
racked with cancer and pain, and a woman, with 
tears flowing down her cheeks, prayed to receive 
Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord! 

Friends who later visited Mike and Candy 
noticed a change. They were sharing Jesus with 
everyone who came to visit. 

On November 8, Officer Michael Trone went 
home to be with his Lord. A few days later, I fulfill- 
ed his original request to officiate at his memorial 
service. What a joy to share the Gospel and Mike's 
testimony with more than 800 police officers, 
relatives, and friends. Officer Mike Trone had been 
cured of cancer! 



Tbm Hughes pastors the Heights Grace Brethren 
Church in Albuquerque, NM. He has also led Grace 
Brethren congregations in southern California. 



IRALD/ June 15, 1988 



27 



HOW TO: 



Vacation Bible School Tips 



by Gail Atwell Arbogast 



Vacation Bible School. Three words that may 
cause total confusion, frustration and dismay for 
anyone trying to organize such an event. 

Getting Organized 

Organization is the key word. To help minimize 
the problems that may develop during the weeks 
preceeding Vacation Bible School, you should keep 
a special notebook. This notebook is specifically 
for VBS information, both past and present and is 
a necessity for the VBS director. 

The VBS director's job is to delegate work to 
others, perhaps even choose teachers, helpers and 
materials. VBS materials may be purchased in a 
packaged form which includes crafts designed to 
enhance the lesson or you may choose separate, 
illustrated Bible stories and missionary stories. 
The latter stories may be in a flash-card-type for- 
mat or flannelgraph figures. Be sure to write your 
VBS choice in your notebook for reference. 

Your notebook should list Bible story teachers 
and missionary story teachers who have previous- 
ly taught and the age level of their class. It should 
also note where the class met in the church. 

Crafts 

Some churches also choose a separate in- 
dividual to be craft director. This is an especially 
wise choice when crafts are not included with the 
teaching materials. The craft director may be the 
one responsible for choosing crafts for all age 
groups or this may be decided by a number of peo- 
ple. Your notebook should also include the names 
of previous craft directors and craft teachers, their 
meeting place in the church and the individual 
crafts that were made by each age group. 

Your craft director should be familiar with the 
capability of each age group, so that teachers and 
helpers do not spend all their time completing 
each child's craft. Small children are able to color 
with crayons, cut and glue with some guidance 
from an adult. Older children are capable of pro- 
jects requiring higher levels of skill. 

If you order craft supplies, allow plenty of time 
for the order to arrive. As soon as you have the 
order, inspect it for missing items (a common pro- 
blem) to avoid panic on the first day of VBS. Dou- 
ble check your glue supply and provide 
newspapers or plastic to cover the table tops. It's 
always a good idea to remind your craft teacher to 
have the children help clean up after their classes 
to help the church janitor in his work. 



If possible, have all crafts completed by the next 
to the last night of VBS, so each child may take 
home their project on the final evening. One Grace 
Brethren church has each age group make one 
large craft. Each evening, a particular part of the 
craft is completed, so that the final evening, all 
pieces are dry and ready for transporting to the 
child's home. 



Keep in mind the primary 

purpose of Vacation Bible School 

is to bring children, teachers and 

parents closer to Christ. 



This same church evaluates each craft before the 
next VBS season, to decide whether to continue 
with the same choice. Each year, the children 
usually know what they will be making in VBS 
before it begins. One specific craft for children 
entering 6th and 7th grade is a wooden marionette 
and they all look forward to that craft, especially 
since they know there will be two chances to make 
one. 

Activity Time 

Some churches also provide an activity time for 
their VBS children. A director for this is also a wise 
idea, someone who can devote all their time in 
choosing "fun" things for the children to do. They 
should also have a special notebook for listing 
games and helpers. 

Music 

If the VBS does not have a Music Director, the 
notebook of the VBS Director should have a list of 
all songs that have been used in the past and are 
planned for the upcoming VBS. Pre-packaged VBS 
material usually has songbooks or listed songs 
already chosen for use in class. If not, the director 
should choose songs that complement the lesson 
material. It's wise to choose songs that are not pit- 
ched too high up on the scale, as children may 
have a hard time reaching above a high "C". Make 
sure the words are understandable and mean 
something and are not just repetitious. Some 
directors are capable of creating their own words 
to go with familiar Christian songs, making the 
words of the song appropriate for the childrens' 
level. 



28 



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HOW TO: 



A Schedule 

The VBS Director should pro- 
vide a copy of the evening's 
schedule for all staff members. 
This should include designated 
times for the opening exercises, 
Bible and missionary story 
times, crafts and activity times 
and refreshment times. 

During the opening exercises, 
you may include announce- 
ments, the pledge to American 
and Christian flags and the Bible, 
song time, offering collection and 
a puppet presentation. Children 
love puppets and the use of pup- 
pets can increase attendance and 
quiet a crowd of rowdy children. 

The same church previously 
mentioned uses their puppet 
team during the opening exer- 
cises. Scripts are written to cor- 
relate with VBS material and 
crafts. They are laced with 
humor directed at the puppets 
themselves, some understanding 
adults or the VBS director, and 
author of the skits. The songs 
performed by the puppets are 
lively and, with much practice by 
the puppet team members, (all 
dedicated church teens) cause 
the children to react by believing 
the puppets to be living beings. 

Refreshments 

Another favorite of children is 
refreshments. This may be 
something to drink and a cookie 
or, it can be "The Store". In "The 
Store" is a lavish display of can- 
dy, cookies and yummy things 
that children adore. Each piece 
has a price and the only accepted 
currency is play money. A child 
may earn play money in a 
number of ways. The first way is 
by attending each evening. The 
child may be given $500 for his 
attendance and if he learns the 
memory verse, he is given 
$1,000. Bringing a visitor earns 
another $500. Some children 
save their money until the end of 
the week so they can go on a 
spending spree. Others buy 
something every evening and go 
home broke. 

Besides earning money for 



"The Store", the points earned by 
the children may be added to see 
who has the highest score. A 
prize may be awarded for the 
highest score along with some 
smaller prizes for the next 
highest scores. A prize may also 
be given to children who are able 
to say all their memory verses at 
the end of the week. 

Each of the items discussed in 
the above paragraphs should be 
kept in your VBS notebook, 
separated by years, so you have 
a permanent record for future 



referral. If something fails, be 
sure to mark it as such. VBS is 
meant to be a fun time for 
children offering many learning 
opportunities. It is the VBS 
Director's responsibility to 
oversee this and keep everything 
running as smoothly as possible. 
The notebook will help in this ef- 
fort and be a reminder of 
previous failures and successes. 
So, begin VBS with a smile, 
keep your notebook handy, 
organize things ahead of time, 
and pray a lot. God hears. O 



Grace Graduation 

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and Theological Seminary, Winona 
Lake, IN, was a time to celebrate for 
Bill Venard and his wife, Maria. 
Venard, an employee of Grace 
Brethren Foreign Missions, received 
his Master of Divinity degree at com- 
mencement May 14. The seminary 
graduated 159, while 140 graduated 
from the college. Commencement 
was held on the front lawn of the 
Grace campus, the first outdoor 
graduation ceremonies in the 
schools' history. 



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FELLOWSHIP NEWS 



FELLOWSHIP NEWS 



MARRIAGES 

BERGER: Ann Ague and Clyde 
Berger, were married March 26, 
1988, in the Frederick, MD, Grace 
Brethren Church. R. Dallas Greene, 
pastor. 

BINGAMAN: Susan Deamer and 
Terry Bingaman, were married on 
March 19, 1988, at the Grace 
Brethren Church of Myerstown, PA. 
Luke Kauffman, pastor. 
GEHRIS: Russlene Bennicoff and 
Brian Gehris, were married April 9, 
1988, at the Grace Brethren Church, 
Myerstown, PA. Luke Kauffman, 
pastor. 

SCALES: Marilyn Leonard and 
Samuel Scales, III, were married 
April 23, 1988, at the Grace Brethren 
Church, Myerstown, PA. Luke Kauff- 
man, pastor. 

DEATHS 

BANBURY, MARY BREWER, 91, 

passed away March 23, 1988. She 
was an active member of the Grace 
Brethren Church of Danville, OH. 
Albert Hockley, pastor. 

COX, LEROY, 73, passed away on 
March 1, 1988. He was a member of 
the Grace Brethren Church, 
Myerstown, PA. Luke Kauffman, 
pastor. 

CRIPE, MARY, 88, March 24, 1988. 
She was the mother of Missionary 
Mary Cripe and 12 other children. 
She had been a member of the 
LaLoma Grace Brethren Church for 
43 years. Joel Richards, pastor. 
HENNING, DONALD, Sr., 59, died 
on April 3, 1988. He was a member 
of the Grace Brethren Church, 
Myerstown, PA. Luke Kauffman, 
pastor. 

NEDROW, VERNON EDWARD, 41, 

passed away April 9, 1988. He was 
a member of the Grace Brethren 
Church of Cypress, CA. Charles 
Covington, pastor. 

SCHILDKNECHT, RHODA, 73, died 
March 30, 1988. She was a member 

30 



of the Grace Brethren Church of 
Hagerstown, MD. Ray Davis, pastor. 
THOMAS, JOHN ALBERT, 57, 
January 21 , 1988. He was a member 
of the Grace Brethren Church of 
Cypress, CA. Charles Covington, 
pastor. 

CHANGE OF ADDRESS 

DON BOWLING, 3538 Oakland, 
Rd., N.E., Cedar Rapids, IA 52402 
TIM BRUBAKER, 13106 Curtis N. 
King Rd., Norwalk, CA 90650 

NED DENLINGER, 1220 Wayne 
Ave, Dayton, OH 45410 
TIMOTHY GEORGE, 324 Ebenezer 
Rd., Lebanon, PA 17042 
R. DALLAS GREENE, 5102 Old 
National Pike, Frederick, MD 21701; 
home phone: 301/371-7390 

DONALD MILLER, 24600 Mountain 
Ave., No. 40, Hemet, CA 92344. 

JAMES SCHAEFER, c/o 10 E. Luray 
St., Alexandria, VA 22301 (Note: The 
church still meets in the Woodbridge 
Sr. High School.) 

DELAWARE GRACE BRETHREN 
CHURCH, 375 Hill-Miller Rd., 
Delaware, OH 43015 

DARRELL TAYLOR, 18 Quarry Rd., 
Brunswick, ME 04011 
ON PAGE 69 -- The address of John 
Bryant, Treas. of the Executive Com- 
mittee, should be 5 Northgate Dr., 
Mt. Vernon, OH 43050. Also, the 
Secy, of the District Mission Board 
should be Secy.-Treas. of the District 
Mission Board: Morgan Burgess, 
5925 Karl Rd., Columbus, OH 43229 



NEWS UPDATE 



ROBERT L. SALSGIVER, Jr., a 

graduate of Lancaster Bible College 
and formerly serving in the Grace 
Brethren Church, Altoona, Penn- 
sylvania, has joined the Pastoral 
Staff of the Lititz Grace Brethren 



Church as Minister of Youth. His 
ministry will be to the Junior and 
Senior High School Division and the 
College and Career Class, nearly 
200 teens and young adults. 

PASTOR WILLIAM WILLARD, who 

has been serving as interim youth 
pastor, will increase his focus on 
new families in the church and ad- 
ditional adult ministries. 

WASHINGTON - The National Right 
to Life Committee (NRLC) is calling 
upon pro-life citizens nationwide to 
demand a ban on the use of aborted 
babies as "organ farms" by federal- 
ly funded researchers. 

Documents obtained by pro-life 
members of Congress in recent 
weeks reveal that the federal 
National Institute of Health (NIH) 
funded $12 million in fetal-tissue 
research in Fiscal Year 1987. 

HOW TO BE A WINNER 

Seoul, Korea - site of the 1988 
Summer Olympic Games. Living 
Bibles International will print 515,000 
copies of a 32-page evangelistic 
Scripture booklet for distribution to 
athletes and spectators attending 
the Games. The special souvenir 
booklets, titled "How to Be a Win- 
ner," will be printed in 26 languages 
and contain color photographs of 
Olympic events and testimonies of 
prominent Christian athletes. 

NEEDED 

Man or husband/wife for part-time 
maintenance work at Fort Lauder- 
dale, Florida Grace Brethren Church 
and Christian School. Pay and 
possibly housing provided. Contact 
Pastor Steve Edmonds for further 
details — (305) 763-6766. 

WINONA, MINNESOTA 
CHURCH CLOSES 

The Grace Brethren Church of 
Winona, Minnesota closed on April 
17, 1988. The building is up for sale. 
The church came into the fellowship 
in the early 1970s. 

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GRACE SCHOOLS 



News from Grace Schools 



Dr. J. Donald Byers to be 
Director of Church Relations 

Dr. J. Donald Byers has been appointed to the 
position of Director of Church Relations. He assumes 
(lis new duties September 1. 

Dr. Byers has been pastor of the Grace Church of 
Drange, CA, since 1977. He is coordinator for the 
1988 national conference of the Fellowship of Grace 
Brethren Churches (FGBC). In addition, he is an 
SBC Christian Education board member and 
chaplain for the Orange, CA, Police Department. 

A graduate of California State University, Dr. Byers 
earned his Master of Arts in Biblical Studies and 
Doctor of Ministry degrees at Grace Graduate School 
in Long Beach, CA. 

Tim Zimmerman 
to Join Music Department 

Music Educator and Performer Timothy M. 
Zimmerman joins the Grace College Music Depart- 
ment as chairman as of September 1. 

He is an accomplished performer, composer, and 
recording artist and is presently a member of the 
Annapolis (MD) Symphony, plays solo trumpet for 
Zimmerman and Marvin, and is director of the well- 
known King's Brass. 

Zimmerman is a graduate of Bob Jones Univer- 
sity with a B.S. degree in music education and holds 
a masters degree in trumpet performance from 
Peabody Conservatory. 

He will fill the position left vacant by the retire- 
ment of Don Ogden. Prof. Ogden announced last fall 
:hat he would be leaving the Music Department to 
become a full-time director of alumni affairs. 

Pierre Yougouda Receives 
Honorary Doctorate 

Grace Theological Seminary has conferred an 
honorary Doctor of Divinity degree on Pierre 
fougouda, president of the Brethren Biblical 
Seminary in the Central African Republic. 

Dr. James H. Nesbitt from Grace presented the 
degree to Dr. Yougouda May 31. 

Grace President Dr. John J. Davis praised Dr. 
foudouda, one of the top evangelical Christian 
ministers in Africa. "He has earned the honor by 
virtue of his Christian witness and the effective work 
tie has done in the church in Central Africa." 

Revised Seminary Curriculum 
to be Offered This Fall 

Final approval has been given to the revised 
pastoral ministries curriculum for M.Div. students 
at Grace Seminary. The new curriculum will be 



offered to new students beginning in September. 

The course changes are designed to strengthen 
training and experience offered to students as they 
prepare for pastoral ministries, according to the 
seminary's academic dean, Prof. David R. Plaster. 

The present curriculum requires 10 semester 
hours of credit in pastoral ministries courses as part 
of the 98- credit hours M.Div. curriculum, with field 
education seminars and pastoral internships 
available as electives. 

Under the revised curriculum, new M.Div. 
students will complete 12 credit hours of pastoral 
ministries studies, including two required credit 
hours of field education involving evangelism and 
teaching ministries. 

Trustees Name Plaster Dean, 
Promote Three Faculty 

The Board of Trustees has appointed Prof. David 
R. Plaster as Dean of the Seminary. He had been 
Acting Dean. Also, three seminary faculty were pro- 
moted from Associate Professor to Professor. They 
are Dr. David Black (West Campus), Dr. Ronald Clut- 
ter and Dr. Gary Meadors (Main Campus). 

Fairman Named to Main Campus 

Dr. Richard Fairman has accepted appointment 
as professor in the theology department on the Main 
Campus of Grace Theological Seminary. 

Earlier, Dr. Fairman had been named ad- 
ministrator at the seminary's West Campus in Long 
Beach, CA. Seminary Dean David Plaster offered 
him the Main Campus faculty post, however, when 
that position became available recently. The posi- 
tion is being vacated by Dr. George Zemek, who has 
accepted an offer to teach at Masters Seminary. 



Grace Schools Living 


Memorials 


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In Memory of: 


The Richard Swineford Family 




Dr. Miles Tabor 


Mr. & Mrs. Kenneth Kohler 




Mrs. Hester Gault 


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Mr. & Mrs. Robert S. Smith 




Ed Grill 


Mr. & Mrs. Greg D. Weimer 




Brenda Stair 


Mr. & Mrs. Clayton Skellenger 




Millard Murdock 


Mr. &. Mrs. Robert Deloe 




Margaret Mayer 


Mr. & Mrs. Chester Eilliot 




Brenda Stair 


Mr. & Mrs. Harry H. Shipley 




Ed Grill 


Mrs. Harrison Large 




Hessie Gault 


Mr. & Mrs. Richard J. Featherstone 




Hessie Gault 


Rev. & Mrs. Jesse B. Deloe 




Margaret Mayer 


Mr. & Mrs. David Snider Dr. Claude and Sara E. Snider 


Mr. Dean E. McFadden 


Raymond Lee Constant 


Mr. and Mrs. Pete Bovy 




Andy Veevaete 


Mrs. Rose Nonnemacher & Children 


Mr 


Harry Nonnemacher 


Mr. Stanley Nairn, Sr. 




Mrs. Mildred Nairn 


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EDITORIAL 




Fourth of July, 1988 

A Future that is Dimming! 



by Charles W. Turner 



This year there are no tall 
ships sailing into New York Har- 
bor or large celebrations planned 
for the Fourth of July. In recent 
years, we have experienced some 
exciting celebrations -- the 200th 
Anniversary of our country and 
the more recent events com- 
memorating the restoration of 
the Statue of Liberty. (We also 
had a celebration to honor the 
Constitution, but no one showed 
up at the party.) These big 
celebrations did wonders for our 
spirits and brought patriotism to 
a high level. 

This year we are all a little con- 
fused about what to celebrate. 
Recent accounts of people at the 
White House consulting astrol- 
ogers before making decisions 
have not lifted my spirits very 
high. The business of making 
travel plans and basing activities 
upon horoscopes left me on a 
rather flat note. 

We are facing problems of 
foreign trade imbalances while 
the Japanese, French and 
Italians are buying up our com- 
panies at an alarmingly increas- 
ing pace. 

My home town was Akron, 
Ohio and we proudly called it the 
"Rubber Capital of the World". I 
remember when about every 
automobile tire carried the name 
of Goodyear, Goodrich or 
Firestone. Not only is Akron no 
longer the "Rubber Capital of the 
World", but several of the com- 
panies still located there are now 
owned by foreign firms. The Fuji 
Blimp is now as obvious as the 



Goodyear Blimp and Bridgestone 
of Japan owns Firestone. 

Many of the major buildings in 
Los Angeles, New York, and 
Honolulu are no longer 
American-owned. You could 
combine all of the foreign debts 
of Brazil, Argentina and Mexico 
and you would not begin to come 
close to the billions the United 
States owes to other countries. 

I'm certainly not saying 
America isn't richly blessed. 
Ours is a nation of great 
resources and beauty. We have 
what many other nations only 
dream about in flights of fantasy. 
Yet, the troubles and problems 
are mounting in this period of 
change: deaths by abortion, the 
rank sin of pornography, 
murders on the streets. Our bill 
for illicit drugs is over $100 
billion which is twice as much as 
we pay for that expensive com- 
modity called "oil". Teenagers 
and pre-teenagers can make 
hundreds and even thousands of 
dollars selling illegal drugs on 
the streets each week. 

The advantages we have en- 
joyed as a nation may be rapidly 
moving into the history books. 
The nation that led the world in 
the post-World War II period is in 
trouble. As I have been working 
my way through the Old Testa- 



ment books and the records in : 
Judges and Kings, I have been 
reminded about the conse- 
quences of the nations that ' 
forgot God. The misery of the 
people and fallen kings serves as 
a strong reminder of what can 
happen when God is forgotten. 

We are seeing the shifting of 
power and influence from our 
once proud nation to other parts 
of the world. This should come 
as no surprise to us, it is the 
movement of history. It is not too 
late, but we have been delin- 
quent in recognizing the decline 
of our nation and the moral will 
is slowly departing. 

The turn of the century is just 
12 brief years away. Either we 
must move towards change and 
return to morality and God or the 
history of the 21st Century will 
belong to another part of the • 
world. The trends are frightening 
and the picture is not too bright, 
but restoration of spirit and hope 
are open to those who want it. 

The question is - is it any 
longer a high priority to a majori- 
ty of Americans to renew their 
faith and devotion to God and 
return to morality? If it is not, 
then our problems are many. 

I hope and pray that there is 
still a spirit of desire to turn back 
to God. M 




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2 Editorial 
Fourth of 
July, 1988- 
A Future that is 
Dimming 
Charles W. Thrner 

4 Devotional 

The Water of Life 

Raeann Hart 

6 Devotional 
Lost! 

Asa Barnes 

7 Christian Education 
CE News 

8 Foreign Missions 
SPAIN: The Door 
to the Gospel 

is Now Wide Open 

10 Foreign Missions 

News Update 




12 WMC 

A Brand New 
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Evelyn Johnson 

14 BEM 

Proclaiming His 
Praises 

Dan Hartzler 

15 Fiction 

The Boss's Orders 

Thmra Moller 

16 Brethren Personality 

Larry Poland - 
A Man with 
a Purpose 

Raeann Hart 

21 Letters from Our Readers 

22 Home Missions 

A Vision from 
the Mesa 

Dino Butler 



24 Home Missions 

A Commitment 
to Caring 

Kurt Miller 

25 Home Missions 

Restoring the 
Image 

Greg Stamm 
27 Fellowship News 

Unique Singles' 
Ministry at 
Lancaster, PA GBC 

Jan Shetter 
29 Fellowship News 

Boards Honor 
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DEVOTIONAL 



The Water of Life 



The Water of Life 

by Raeann Hart 

As I watch the waves crashing in from the sea 
I am reminded of God's awesome power 

for as long as the world continues to be 
His will makes the tides ebb and flow in their hour. 

The Lord knows the count of each drop of water, 
each small grain of sand, every hair on my head 

He knows us so well-He is our protector, 
His amazing love leaves us nothing to dread. 

Though the fickle sea means danger for sailors, 
a sudden severe storm could rob them of life. 

It gently houses the tiniest creatures 
providing a haven for all types of life. 

God's Word and judgement mean danger for sinners. 

Ignoring His will causes eternal death, 
but accepting Christ's death will make us winners 

filling us with His empowering Spirit's breath. 

As the sea surrounds those creatures who live there 
God's love encompasses, protects each Christian 

leading safely into eternity where 
we'll enjoy the awesome glories of heaven. 

The constant, gentle flowing of a river 
will smooth the rock's sharp edges away 

so immersion in God's Word will deliver 
a smoothing away of rough edges today. 

Springs of Living Water 

"they are before the throne of God 

and they serve him day and night in his temple; 
and he who sits on the throne will 

spread his tent over them. 
Never again will they hunger; 

never again will they thirst. 
The sun will not beat upon them, 

nor any scorching heat. 
For the lamb at the center of the 

throne will be their shepherd; 
He will lead them to springs of 

living water. 
And God will wipe away every tear 

from their eyes." 

Revelation 7:15-17 NIV 



Living Water 

Jesus, tired as he was from the journey, sat down 
by the well. It was about the sixth hour. 

When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, 
Jesus said to her, "Will you give me a drink?" (His 
disciples had gone into the town to buy food.) 

The Samaritan woman said to Him, "You are a 
Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you 



ask me for a drink?" (For Jews do not associate with 
Samaritans.) 

Jesus answered her, "If you knew the gift of God and 
who it is that asks youfor a drink, you would have ask- 
ed him and he would have given you living water." 

"Sir", the woman said, "You have nothing to draw 
with and the well is deep. Where can you get this liv- 
ing water? Are you greater than our father Jacob, who 
gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did also 
his sons and his flocks and herds?" 

Jesus answered, "Everyone who drinks this water 
will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I 
give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him 
will become in him a spring of water welling up to eter- 
nal life." 

The woman said to Him, "Sir, give me this water so 
that I won't get thirsty and have to keep coming here 
to draw water." 

He told her, "Go, call your husband and come back." 

"I have no husband," she replied. 

Jesus said to her, "You are right when you say you 
have no husband. The fact is, you have had five 
husbands, and the man you now have is not your hus- 
band. What you have just said is quite true." 

"Sir," the woman said, "I can see that you are a 
prophet. Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, but 
you Jews claim that the place where we must worship 
is in Jerusalem." 

Jesus declared, "Believe me, woman, a time is com- 
ing when you will worship the Father neither on this 
mountain nor in Jerusalem. You Samaritans worship 
what you do not know, we worship what we do know, 
for salvation is from the Jews. Yet a time is coming and 
has now come when the true worshipers will worship 
the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of 
worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his wor- 
shipers must worship in spirit and truth." 

The woman said, "I know that Messiah" (called 
Christ) "is coming. When he comes, he will explain 
everything to us." 

Then Jesus declared, "I who speak to you am he." 

John 4:6-26 NIV 



Dear Heavenly Father, 

You have given us the water of life so we may 
never thirst. We thank You for Your gift and ask 
that You enable us to be true worshipers of You -- 
worshiping You in spirit and truth. We thank You 
for Your salvation and Your mighty promises. 

We thank You, Lord, that Your salvation is 
available to everyone who accepts You. We ask You 
to enable us to share Your love with others that 
they, too may enjoy the water of life. Give us 
courage to share our personal testimonies with 
others and live lives that glorify You. 

Lord, help us to be immersed in Your Word so that 
through it You may smooth the rough edges of our 
lives, filling us and enabling us to do Your perfect 
will. 



I JRALD/ July 15, 1988 



DEVOTIONAL 



Lost! 



It's morning now. At least it's 4:30 -- even if there 
is no light. 

What a night. I guess it all started with that ser- 
mon. I think it was the best one that our pastor 
ever preached. It was so clear and interesting and 
to the point. I'm sure that everyone there must 
have gotten some vital information. I know I sure 
did. In fact, I guess it was that information that 
started the whole thing . . . 

He told us to fill out the card at the end of the 
service. I really struggled with what to put down. 
"I have made a decision to share my faith with the 
cults ..." But I had crossed part of it out and added 
some more. Then I re-worded it again. I don't think 
I was really willing to actually share yet ... I think 
I wanted to be willing to learn how to share. 
Anyway, I worked at it through all four verses of 
the last hymn and finished just about in time to 
sing the last line. It seemed ridiculous to spend so 
much time on re-wording one sentence! But then, 
for some reason, it seemed real important to me 
to get it just right. I'd finally ended with "I am will- 
ing to be taught about sharing my faith with the 
cults." That seemed more practical to me, because 
I know how terrified I get in trying to actually 
witness to them. 

Then, after all that, I forgot to hand it in. I still 
had it in my hand when I arrived home. As I tossed 
it into the wastebasket, I remembered thinking 
that it was a good thing I hadn't had to go forward 
or hand it in, then I'd have to be accountable. But, 
of course, I knew in my heart that You had seen 
what I'd written down . . . and, of course, I am 
always accountable to You. 

Well, I guess I've learned what I asked for. At 
least I hope there's no more pain involved with that 
lesson. I really hadn't meant learning it that way, 
Lord. I had meant to learn by sitting down and 
studying. But maybe I wouldn't have done that if 
I hadn't learned what you are teaching me right 
now. 

It all seemed so innocent last night. We were just 
turning on the lights and opening up the outside 
gate for our guests who were to arrive soon. My 
husband was out of town and my son and dog and 
I had gone out to cut flowers and move the hose 
back and make things look good. Then an hour 
later, I discovered it. Our dog wasn't around He 
wasn't lying under the coffee table or next to the 
couch or in any of his favorite places. I had gone 



by Asa Barnes 

Grace Brethren Church, Long Beach, CA 



back out to the yard and called and called but 
there was no response. He'd never gone away 
before. Never. I was sure he'd come back soon. But 
he didn't. And then my son got the flashlight and 
went looking for him for an hour in the park ... 
but he was gone, really gone. Our daughter got in' 
the car and went looking in the other direction for' 
another hour. He was just not there ... he was just, 
plain lost. 

"Oh Lord," I cried. "I know he's just a dog, but 
he's so special, and he's lost! I'm sure he'll get hit' 
by a car; he's so little and vulnerable and it's soj 
dark. You're the only one who can save him in all 
that darkness. He probably doesn't even know 
where he is or what he's doing. If he doesn't get 
killed, he might go along with a stranger out of; 
desperation or even worse, run away from someone i 
who's trying to help him. Lord, you're the only one' 
who knows where he is and you're the only oneO 
who can find him. Please help." 

That was last night. None of us slept much. I had 
hoped he'd be at the back door when I got up -just, 
some sort of miracle - although I somehow knew' 
he wouldn't. I guess You had to do something 
drastic to teach me what I had asked. You taught 
me how sad and desperate and powerless and 
scary and awful it is to be lost. Then You remind- 
ed me that if You care for the sparrows and the 
fowls of the air (and the dogs of the city streets) 
how much more do You care for the souls of men ' 
who will live forever - either with or without You. 

It was a hard lesson, Lord. But I'm glad You. 
taught it to me. I asked you to and I learned it. It j 
sure did hurt, but I wouldn't have had it any other 
way. After all, what's a dead dog compared to a live 
soul? Thanks Lord. I'm ready to witness now. 

Wait! What's that at the door! I mean, I think I 
heard a noise or something. Was it a whine? No, it 
couldn't be. He's gone . . . he's lost. Wait, there it is 
again! You don't suppose ... no, I'm probably just 
hearing things . . . still ... I'd better go check . . . 

Oh look! It's our dog! He's actually here! You 
didn't let him die. Lord. You protected him all 
night. You kept him alive. He's okay! He's wet and 
cold and dirty and tired, but he's here! He's not lost 
anymore! He's found! Thank you, Lord. Thank you 
for teaching me that lesson and still giving our dog 
back to us. Oh Lord, please help me to remember 
what you taught me . . . and please don't let me 
need to be taught that same lesson again. W 



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GBC CHRISTIAN EDUCATION 



CE News 



BNYC Prayer Goal: 
1800 Attenders 

Ed Lewis, Executive Director 
for GBC Christian Education, 
has asked Grace Brethren people 
from across the nation to pray for 
the spiritual impact of CE's 
Brethren National Youth Con- 
ference. Held at Biola University, 
July 30-August 5, the conference 
features nationally known 
speakers: E.V. Hill, Ken Poure, 
and Dr. John Whitcomb, and 
Christian recording artists: 
Kenny Marks and Al Holley. 

A prayer goal of 1,800 
attenders has been set for the 
conference. "It's not that we are 
after more numbers at BNYC," 
says Ed Lewis, "but we are 
aggressively seeking to impact 
more people." Along with the 
attendance goal, people are 
asked to pray for a spiritual 
revival at the conference as 
young people are challenged to 
"TUrn The Tide" and experience 
Christ's lordship no matter the 
cost. 

The last time CE's Brethren 
National Youth Conference was 
in California, in 1982, over 700 
public decisions were made. Last 
year, 290 commitments were 
made for full-time Christian ser- 
vice. Each year the spiritual ef- 
fect of this conference grows as 
additional people pray for this 
dynamic week. 



Norman 




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Wright lb 
Speak At 
CE 
Convention 



Dr. Norman Wright, nationally 
known counselor and author of 
Training Christians lb Counsel 
will be one of the featured 
speakers at the National CE Con- 
vention, held Thursday, August 4, 
at the Palm Desert, California, 



Marriott. Dr. Wright will speak to 
the entire convention on 
"Ministering to People in their 
Time of Crisis" and will lead two 
workshops for pastors and wives, 
"Preventing and Recovering from 
Burnout" and Preventing and 
Resolving Stress in Minister's 
Marriage." 

Programmed to implement the 
challenges of the FGBC National 
Conference, the National CE Con- 
vention offers 44 workshops and 
involves over 30 workshop 
speakers. In addition to Dr. 
Wright, other featured speakers 
include: Dr. John Maxwell, pastor 
of the Skyline Wesleyan Church, 
Lemon Grove, CA; Dr. Dennis 
Dirks, Associate Dean and 
Associate Professor of Christian 
Education at Talbot School of 
Theology, La Mirada, CA; and Rev. 
Juan Isais, Brethren Evangelistic 
Ministries' First Love Renewal 
speaker. 

The theme of the convention is, 
"A Call to Action," challenging the 
attenders to be doers in ministry, 
not just dreamers. Please pray for 
the impact of this thrust at Na- 
tional Conference. 

Ministry Teams 
Train Servants 

Operation Barnabas is an inten- 
sive, six-week discipleship and 
ministry training program for 
high school youth. Two teams of 
about thirty young people each 
will travel throughout Southern 
California this summer, June 
16-July 24, 1988, ministering to 
and encouraging Grace Brethren 
churches. Like the New Testament 
Barnabas, these team members 
will learn to serve Christ as a way 
of life. Working with a church for 
up to a week, the teams will be in- 
volved in door-to-door evangelism 
and canvassing, evangelistic park 
programs, children's ministries, 
manual labor around the church 
and community, as well as 
holding enthusiastic and 
challenging church services. 



CE's 1988 

Operation Barnabas 

Team Members 

(June 16-July 24, 1988) 



Joshua Allen 
Ben Allshouse 
Stephanie Ault 
Karen Bamford 
Alisa Beard 
Matt Blodgett 
Nicole Boast 
Mindy Bogner 
Delaina Brown 
Carrie Buckland 
Daniel Clark 
Ron Clark 
James Clingenpeel 
Jason Conrad 
Angela Detwtler 
Laura Devon. 
Dawn Dilling 
Stacia Dodson 
Stephanie Donelson 
Christy Forrest 
Stephanie Gregory 
Carole Hall 
Joel Harstine 
Tim Hartman 
Julie Higbee 
Cyndi Hoy 
Ethan Kallberg 
Chad Kay lor 
Betsy Kelly 
Andy Kingery 
Andrew Landers 
H. Steve Lausch 
Jill LeFevre 
Virginia Lynn 
Heidi MacGregor 
Becky Malone 
Tami Miller 
Patricia Muir 
Nelson Mumma. Jr. 
Kelly Patrick 
Tim Perkins 
David Rowe 
Christine Scott 
Scott Shatzer 
Christy Shay 
Karen Spicer 
Susan Stanley 
Greg Staton 
Joelyn Stetner 
David Storaci 
Robert Wall 
Steve Weese 
Renee Willard 
Andy Wirt 
Esther Zellner 

Ed Lewis 
Lee Seese 
Tim Kurtaneck 
Tom Barlow 
Dennis Henry 
Doug Hawkins 
Bonnie Nissley 
Sharon Johnson 
Mary Ann Barlow 
Dawn Bums 
Lori Christian 



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Columbus. OH 

Waterloo. LA 

Sinking Spring. OH 

Ashland. OH GBC 

Mabton. WA 

Wooster. OH 

Belljlower. CA 

Akron. OH. Ellet 

Irasburg. VT 

Norwalk. CA 

Roanoke. VA. Ghent 

Simi Valley. CA 

Telford. PA. Penn Valley 

Roanoke. VA. Clearbrook 

Winona Lake. LN 

Wrightsville. PA. Susquehanna 

Everett. PA 

Columbus. OH. East Side 

Duncansville, PA. Leamersville 

Roanoke. VA. Patterson Memorial 

Roanoke, VA. Patterson Memorial 

Harrisburg, PA, Melrose Garden 

Simi Valley, CA 

Warsaw. IN. Community 

Orrville. OH 

Palmyra. PA 

Martinsburg. PA 

Roanoke. VA, Ghent 

Beaverton, PA 

Ephrata, PA 

Southern Lancaster. PA 

Elizabethtown. PA 

Winona Lake, LN 

Uniontown, PA 

Winona Lake. LN 

Philadelphia. PA. First Brethren 

Lititz. PA 

Union, OH. Community 

Peru. IN 

Altoona. PA. First 

Columbus, OH, East Side 

Chambersburg, PA 

Columbus, OH 

Norton. OH 

Columbus. OH 

Bvena Vista. VA. First Brethren 

Wooster. OH 

Beaverton. OR 

Lititz, PA 

Norton. OH 

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York, PA 

Winona Lake, IN 

Leaders 

Winona Lake. IN 

Geistown. PA 

Norwalk. CA 

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Norwalk. CA 

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Martinsburg. WV. Rosemont 

Roanoke, VA. Ghent 

Winona Lake. IN 

Kokomo. IN. Indian Heights 

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BpRALD/ July 15, 1988 



ISSIONS 



SPAIN: 



The Door to the Gospel 
is Now Wide Open 



Tradition holds that the Apostle 
Paul introduced Christianity to 
the Iberian Peninsula in the first 
century during one of his 
missionary journeys to Europe. 

The best account we have of 
church history in Spain indicates 
that the New Testament Church 
did in fact exist for a time in 
Spain; however, it lost its identi- 
ty by affiliating with Rome. The 
Spanish Inquisition managed to 
silence the remains of the New 
Testament Church and Spain 
plunged into centuries of 
spiritual darkness. 

Centuries of spiritual darkness 
prevailed as Spain continued in 
gospel ignorance until recent times. In 1978, 
under the leadership of Spain's ruling monarch, 
King Juan Carlos, Spain converted from a dic- 
tatorial to a democratic form of government. With 
the transition in government form, Spain amended 
its constitution to provide religious freedom to its 
citizens. 

With the door open to the gospel in Spain, GBFM 
was led of the Lord to initiate a work in Europe's 
newest democracy. In the fall of 1984, pioneer mis- 
sionaries Bob and Marilyn Salazar arrived on the 
field to start a Grace Brethren church planting 
ministry. Following language training and in- 
vestigation of the field, the Salazars were led to 




Spain Facts & Figures 

Population: 40 million (the majority of which live 
in rural areas). 

People: The inhabitants of the Iberian Penin- 

sula trace their ancestry to the 
Phoenicians, Celts, Greeks, Romans, 
and Moors. 

Religion: 96% Roman Catholic; however, only 
8% are considered to be "faithful" 
adherents to their faith. 
Spain has approximately 40,000 
evangelical believers. 

There are 170 cults actively pro- 
selytizing in Spain. 

La n gua g e: Castilian Spanish 

Area: 500,000 square kilometers (approx- 

imately the size of Colorado and 
Wyoming) with a density of 65 in- 
habitants per square kilometer. 



initiate a church planting ministry in Valencia, 
Spain's third largest city, among a bilingual group 
of mixed marriage (Spanish/non-Spanish), middle 
and upper-middle economic levels of people who 
have great spiritual need. No other evangelical 
group is reaching these people. 

The first preaching service was held at the Expo 
Hotel Conference Center on February 16, 1986. 
The initial contacts that followed those early efforts 
have resulted in the conversion of a number of 
souls, regular Sunday school and church services, 
Bible study groups, and a University student Bible 
class; all of which are developing into the first 
Grace Brethren Church of Spain! 

Tburism is Big 
Business in Spain 




It is reported that over 50 million people from all 
over the world visit Spain each year! This represents 
a great mass of people considering that Spain has 
but an estimated population of forty million. 



HERALD/ July 15, 19* 



FOREIGN MISSIONS 



Spiritual Climate 

Someone wisely said, "A nation's political and 
economic conditions invariably influence its 
spiritual climate." Spain is no exception . . . 



GBFM Team in Spain 




within weeks as a new democracy, pornographic 
literature and movies hit the marketplace in Spain. 
Today, divorce and abortion are legalized. The use 
of marijuana and hashish has been decriminalized. 
Drug abuse, street crime, homosexuality and 
transvestism are common. 

However, as a consequence of declaring itself a 
democracy ten years ago, Spain amended its con- 
stitution to include religious freedom. After cen- 
turies of darkness, the door to the Gospel is now 
open in Spain! 

Fiesta Brava 




No mention of events in Spain is complete 
without the "fiesta brava"- the bullfight. The fiesta 
brava, as a rule is associated with the various 
religious festivals around the country, starts in 
March and concludes in October. Literally 
hundreds of bullfights are held during the season 
• . . some in the makeshift bullrings in the plazas 
of tiny villages or in large arenas such as La Plaza 
de la Ventas in Madrid (shown here). 




Bob and Marilyn Salazar: Valle de la Ballestera 35 4* 

46015 Valencia 
SPAIN 
The Salazars will be in the U.S. on home 
ministries July - December 1988. During their 
absence, Lynn and Lois Schrock, former GBFM 
missionaries to Argentina, will be in charge of the 
ministry in Valencia. 

Meet Some of the 
Believers in Valencia: 



Linda Casanova is 
the first convert in 
the church planting 
5 ministry in Valencia. 



Marilyn Salazar sharing 
with Linda Casanova. 

Natasha Arora is a 
young Indian girl who 
accepted the Lord in 
Sunday School. She is 
witnessing to her parents 
at home, people in her 
apartment building, and 
classmates at school. 






Diane Gomez &, Lisa Navarro 



Natasha Arora 

Diane Gomez (left) 
along with her hus- 
band Alfredo, know the 
Lord; Lisa and her two 
children are believers 
. . . her husband, Vin- 
cente, attends church 
and is very open. 



fipRALD/ July 15, 1988 



SSIONS 



Foreign Mission News 



Euro-Missions Institute 



Euro-Missions Institute, a short-term missions pro- 
gram designed to give participants a practical view of 
ministry to Europeans, was held at the Chateau of St. 
Albain in France May 28 -- June 23, 1988. During the 
month, the twenty-five participants were challenged to 
join in the spiritual battle taking place in Europe and 
to consider the possibilities of becoming a part of the 
missionary team. 



Sister SOWERS 



Dawn and Sherri Juday, 
daughters of GBFM mis- 
sionaries to the Philippines, Bob 
and Brenda Juday, have been 
approved for the two-year 
SOWERS program in the Philip- 
pines beginning in 1989. 

Dawn graduated from Grace 
College (B.A. 1985, Biblical 
Studies and Missions) and 





Dawn Juday 



hopes to work in children's 
ministries on the mission field. 

Sherri also attended Grace 
College. She hopes to be 
involved in secretarial and 
children's ministries in the 
Philippines. 

Both girls are members of the 
Altavista GBC in Altavista, 
Virginia. 



Sherri Juday 



SOWERS in Chad 



Mike and Myra Taylor, members of the Aiken, South 
Carolina GBC have been approved for a two-year mis- 
sionary term in Chad under the SOWERS program 
beginning in 1989. They will work in medical ministries 
and discipleship. 

Mike is a graduate of Grace College (B.S. 1979, Health 




Mike and Myra Taylor 

Education/Biology) and Medical University of South 
Carolina (PA-C 1981, Physician's Assistant). Myra is a 
graduate of the Medical University of South Carolina 
(BSN 1981, Nursing). 

The Taylors have two children: Rachel Elizabeth, age 
3; and Rebekah Marie, age 1. 



Excerpts from 
Recent Prayer Letters 

From the Nords in Chalon, France: "Our church spon- 
sored a two-day conference on the occult. Occult prac- 
tices are very wide-spread in France. Fortune-tellers, 
horoscopes, and tarot cards are common in the lives of 
many French people. In order to help people in our 
church understand the dangers of the occult and how 




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HERALD/ July 15, 191* 



FOREIGN MISSIONS 



to talk to their unsaved friends about it, we invited a well- 
known French Christian who is an expert on the Bible 
and the occult to give a series of lectures on the sub- 
ject. Pray for the people who attended these lectures. 
Pray that the Christians would be on their guard against 
the forces of evil and that the unbelievers who attended 
may have their eyes opened to the truth so that they may 
turn from darkness to light. 




From the Huletts in the Philippines: 

Easter Sunday was a beautiful celebration to our risen 
I Lord in Marikina, Philippines. We had communion in our 
: new building on Good Friday. Outside, Catholics carried 
idols on carts while praying and burning candles to Mary. 
After the service five adults were baptized. Eddie and 
Carol were making solid re-commitments to the Lord, hav- 
ing once left the church. Pedro rejoiced as we baptized 
his wife, eldest son, and one daughter. Praise the Lord - 
', families are coming to know Him! 

We are now in the U.S. for home ministries. Our address 
is 6748 Pageantry St., Long Beach, California 90808. 

From Edna Haak in Aalen, 
West Germany: 

The last time I wrote to 
many of you we were busy 
preparing for an open house 
in our new church facilities 
here in Aalen. January 24 we 
invited our friends and ac- 
quaintances from Aalen, and 
a couple weeks later we 
hosted friends from other free 
churches in the area. 
Although the group on the 
24th was smaller than we ex- 
pected (30-35 including the 
team) we had good fellowship 
with those that came and a very positive newspaper arti- 
cle appeared a few days later in one of the local papers. 
At the second open house the walls were bulging as close 



to 100 people came from Stuttgart, Ulm, Leonberg, and 
Pfulligen. Again a reporter was there and again gave us 
good newspaper coverage. Since then we have had 
another Family Afternoon with about 50 people attending. 
At worship services on Sunday morning we have a group 
of regular attenders that averages between 20-25 (in- 
cluding teammembers) and we've had 15-20 visitors, some 
believers, some unbelievers, some coming one time, some 
several times. 

From Mary Ann 
Habegger in the C.A.R.: 

Keep praying for the 
Moslem patients at the 
hospital who read the 
tracts I give to them. 
Werner Kammler has had 
excellent contacts with 
several young men. They 
are teachers for Moslem 
children. One of the 
fellows has completed 
eleventh grade in Bangui 
and is reading the Bible in 
French. Another is reading 
the Bible in Arabic script. 
They have been asking 
difficult questions like: "What happens to me if I become 
a Christian? My Moslem friends will, at best, leave me. 
What if I am sick or in need? (The Moslems have a genuine 
sense of community that is not always found elsewhere). 
Would the church take me in?" 

We need several to make "the break" together so they 
can encourage each other and study with Werner. Werner 
has asked one of these young men to translate a tract from 
French into Arabic this week. Keep praying. 




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A Brand New Vessel I 

by Evelyn Johnson 



Standing at the sink, hum- 
ming the tune to the closing 
chorus of a recent meeting I had 
attended, I suddenly thought 
about the words: 
"I want to be, beloved Savior 
Like a vessel in the hands of 

the Potter. 
Break my life and remake it. 
I want to be. I want to be 
A brand new vessel." 
(Translated from Portuguese) 
Lord, do I really mean that? 
Am I willing to be broken, as I've 
seen the potters do, so I can serve 
you better? 

I've watched the potter at his 
wheel as his feet keep the wheel 
moving. I've watched as that glob 
of clay becomes a round pot or a 
tall, slender-necked vase. I've 
also seen that same creation 
caught up in the potter's hand 
and brought back into a glob of 
clay lying on the wheel, just 
because of an imperfection, in- 
visible to my eyes. 

I've read of those folks who are 
really dedicated, being broken 
and remade for the Lord's ser- 
vice, of their loss of loved ones, 
their physical disabilities and 
suffering. 

Being broken can be very pain- 
ful, not only physically, but emo- 
tionally. Lord, can I endure the 
pain of being broken? 

I'm sure if that glob of clay 
could speak it would tell a pain- 
ful story. I'm sure that graceful, 
slender-necked vase felt very 



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lovely and perfect - ready to be 
fired. Then suddenly that proud 
vase felt the vise-like grip of the 
potter's hand squeezing it back in- 
to a ball. Then with a tremendous 
force it was slammed onto the 
wheel to remove the air bubbles. 
Then those strong, yet gentle 
fingers kneading and reworking 
the clay. Littie by little the wheel 
picks up speed and once again a 
lovely creation gracefully rises 
from the wheel and the wheel 
slows as the hands of the master 
form a fragile lip at the top of that 
slender-necked vase. He leans 
back and a slow smile forms on 
his lips. He nods in satisfaction 
and lifts the vase from the wheel 
with tender hands and says, "It's 
ready for the fire." 

What took but a few moments 
for the vase could be months or 
years in my life. 

Lord, isn't there another way? 
Must I be broken to be made 
anew? 

Yes, my child; it's the only way. 

Then humming softly, I 
rethink those words: Like a 
vessel in the Potter's hands -- 
Break me -- remake me. Careful! 
do you really mean it? Yes, Lord, 
yes, I really do want to be a fit 
vessel for You. 




Evelyn Johnson 
Missionary to Belem, Brazil 



give 
that 



Remake me, Lord, but 
courage and grace for 
remaking, for . . . 
"I want to be, beloved Savior 
Like a vessel in the hands of 

the Potter. 
Break my life and remake it. 
I want to be, I w-a-n-t t-o b-e 
A brand new vessel." 



Southern California-Arizona District Update 

How are you faithful W.M.C. women doing with your Mount Climb- 
ing? I am sure that many of you could share some very interesting ex- 
periences God has helped you through as you have climbed so far in 
our W.M.C. year. 

I am excited about being a part of an organization that has been in 
the business of helping to promote missions around the world for almost 
50 years. Next year - 1989 - is the 50th anniversary for W.M.C. 

Continue to encourage your ladies in your church to be a part and 
active in your missionary W.M.C. ministry. Don't be afraid to try new 
things in your meetings. Be sure to inform your pastor about what 
W.M.C. is and what you are doing. Invite him to a meeting. 

Continue to pray for our missionaries - Home and Foreign. Also, pray 
for our District committee and the program for the National W.M.C. 
meetings in August in Palm Desert, CA. Pray for your present district 
and national officers. Hglen MiUer 

District President 



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the time of Christ the verbalization of the faith was 
important. Again and again we see in the Psalms 
this emphasis on declaring the goodness of God. 
You might call this "personal evangelism in the 
Old Testament". 

So often we hear people ask, "But what should 
I tell my unbelieving friends when I witness to 
them?" They're concerned about the content of 
their message as much as their ability to share. 
Let's look into the Psalms and see what they teach 
regarding the spoken testimony. 

The most common attributes of God that the 
Psalmists declare are His works, acts or deeds. 
"Sing praises to the Lord, who dwells in Zion. 
Declare among the peoples His deeds." (9:11) "I 
have made the Lord God my refuge. That I may 
tell of all Thy works." (73:28b) "One generation 
shall praise Thy works to another, and shall 
declare Thy mighty acts." (145:4) See also Psalms 
64:9; 71:17; 75:1: 105:1; 107:22; 118:17. 

Also God's very name is worthy of talking about. 
"I will tell of Thy name to my brethren." (22:22a) 
"That men may tell of the name of the Lord in 
Zion, and His praise in Jerusalem." (102:21) Of 
course His righteousness is a common topic of 
conversation. "They will come and will declare 
His righteousness." (22:31a) "My mouth shall tell 
of Thy righteousness." (71:15a) 

Two more characteristics of God worthy of shar- 
ing with others are found in Psalm 89:1. "I will 
sing of the lovingkindness of the Lord forever. To 
all generations I will make known Thy 
faithfulness with my mouth." What about His 
miracles? "I will give thanks to the Lord with all 



my heart. I will tell of all Thy wonders." (9:1) 
"That I may proclaim with the voice of thanks- 
giving, and declare all Thy wonders." (26:7) 

And the list goes on: God's strength (71:18; 
145:6,11), His salvation (96:2), His glory (96:3; 
145:11). But what strikes me in these verses is that 
they all refer not to praise directed to God Himself 
- although we see plenty in the Psalms - but 
rather a message spoken to our fellow man. 

In First Love Renewal we teach that God equips 
the believer to share eternal truths successfully 
from the moment of conversion. The method ap- 
proaches are great (Four Spiritual Laws, 
Evangelism Explosion, the bridge illustration, etc.) 
and multitudes have been led to Christ through 
these "canned" presentations of the Gospel. Yet 
the secret of success in First Love Renewal is that 
God uses every method (even some that appear 
a bit eccentric, in human terms) to make His truth 
known. 

Jack Taylor has correctly defined praise as 
"bragging on God", and our churches need to do 
some of this godly bragging. But even more urgent 
is what we could call "bragging about God", about 
His works, His righteousness, His faithfulness and 
His glory to those who don't know Him. Consider- 
ing God's attributes, is there any Christian who 
doesn't have something to say about the Lord? 



Dan Hartzler. born and raised in Ohio, currently resides in 
Mexico City where he serves as National Coordinator for 
Evangelism-in-Depth in Mexico. An outstanding Bible teacher, 
he holds a degree in Spanish Literature. 



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FICTION 



The Boss's Orders 

by Itimra Moller 



Sitting at a restaurant the other day, I en- 
countered a woman who was very perplexed. As 
I was eating my food, I watched her walk in and 
stand, confused, in front of the register, gazing at 
the list of selections. Every time she started to 
place her order, she would stop and change her 
mind. The girl working at the restaurant began to 
get impatient and frustrated, and she finally 
walked away. The woman trying to place her order 
gave up her attempt, sat down, and began to cry. 
Feeling sorry for this woman, I got up and moved 
to where she was sitting. I introduced myself and 
she told me that her name was Joanne. Joanne 
said that she had been sent on some errands by 
her boss, but she did not know exactly what he 
wanted. She told me that she had sent him several 
messages and that she did talk to him once in 
awhile. 

"Why don't you know what he wants then?" I 
asked. "Doesn't he tell you what he wants?" 

"I don't know," Joanne replied. 

I must have had a very strange look on my face, 
for Joanne immediately volunteered to explain fur- 
ther. 'You see," she began, "I send messages to my 
boss quite often, but with my busy schedule, I 
don't have time to sit around and wait for his rep- 
ly. I finally bought an answering machine so that 
I could receive his messages." 

"Oh," I replied, "so you are prepared to accept 
his directions when he calls." 

"Well, in a sense," Joanne fumbled. "I know the 
machine is hooked up and the salesman at the 
store told me that it worked and that it would really 
help me get answers to my messages. The problem 
is that I am so busy that I never have time to listen 
to the messages recorded on the machine. I get 
home late at night and I don't have time to listen 
to my messages. In the morning, I always get ready 
in a rush and then run out the door. My tape is 
soon full of messages, but I figure that by then all 
of the messages are too old to be important, so I 
erase them and start over again, with the inten- 
tion of listening this time, of course." 

At first I was unsure of how to respond to this. 
I sat and thought about the situation for a mo- 
ment. Here was Joanne, confused about what she 
should do for her boss. She sent him messages tell- 
ing of her work for him and asking for further in- 
structions. She had a way to receive his messages, 
yet she never took the time to listen to the 
responses. This didn't seem right to me. Finally, 



I asked her, "Don't you feel that your relationship 
with your boss is important?" 

"Of course I do!" she exclaimed. 

"Then why don't you listen to his messages?" 
I asked. 

"Well, I'm not even sure if there are messages 
from him on the tape anyway. I know that someone 
calls because the tape advances, but I don't know 
that there are messages from him that will apply 
to my situation." 

"Joanne, do you ever spend time with your 
boss?" I questioned. 

"Well, once a week the staff of the company gets 
together for a business meeting to learn what the 
company is doing and to see how each individual 
has been progressing in his or her assignments." 

"I'm beginning to understand what the problem 
is, Joanne," I explained. "You want to serve your 
boss, you say, and you contact him with your re- 
quests and thoughts. But then, because of your 
busy schedule, you cannot wait for his reply, so you 
turn on a machine to record the answer. Calls 
come in, but you never take the time to listen to 
the messages. At the weekly business meeting you 
discuss the boss and the ultimate goal of the com- 
pany. Joanne, the problem is that you have no per- 
sonal closeness with your boss. You know the basic 
purpose of your job, but you do not take the time 
to learn what specific tasks he has assigned to you. 
You need to listen daily to the messages he sends 
to you." 

She looked at me blankly, then a smile began 
to light up her face. I could tell that she was think- 
ing over what I had just said. She thanked me for 
pointing out the source of the problem and she 
said good-bye. Joanne got up, made her order, and 
then left. 

A few weeks later I saw her again. She was no 
longer the confused, frustrated woman that I had 
met previously. Now she knew exactly what she 
needed to get. When she saw me she smiled and 
waved. As I observed her, I realized again how im- 
portant it really is to not only talk to the boss and 
to send him messages of questions and activities, 
but it is equally important to listen to his reply and 
to discover his instructions. Then I turned and 
went to talk to my boss. 



Tamra Moller is a junior at Grace College, 
Winona Lake, IN. She is from Miamisburg, Ohio. 



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Larry Poland 

A Man with a Purpose 



by Raeann Hart 



"The people who are programming your mind 
through media are not nice people," says Larry 
Poland, Ph.D., President of Mastermedia Interna- 
tional, Inc. Christians today are being neutralized 
and robbed of power and holiness of life because 
of the errosive influence of media. Christians will 
sit through things that are being broadcast into 
their homes on television today that they would 
not tolerate ten years ago. Most parents do not 
monitor their children's television consumption 
and some even use the television as a "babysitting 
device". Many teenagers have bought into a set of 
values that parents just do not understand and 
many of these values have come from what they 
have witnessed through the media. 

"The majority of Christians are 

foolishly unaware of the way in 

which the media is adjusting 

their thinking.** 

Dr. Poland is extremely concerned about the 
lack of awareness the Christian community has 
demonstrated regarding the corrosive influence of 
television. "The majority of Christians are foolishly 
unaware of the way in which the media is ad- 
justing their thinking. It is encouraging coldness 
to spiritual things and stealing the minds and 
spiritual lives of believers," says Poland. "Young 
Christians don't see the danger until their 15-year- 
old daughter is pregnant or their teenage son has 
bought into a lifestyle foreign to their own." 

"We are too naive," insists Poland. He 
remembers a journalist, who has since become a 
Christian, who recounted his visit backstage at a 
rock concert. This journalist watched the per- 
formers dedicate their concert to Satan. The head 
of MTV proudly brags, "We own the ninth graders 
of America." The video channels continually pro- 
mote satanic, sexual, free love themes that are be- 
ing absorbed by our young people. 

Dr. Poland shared an incident that demonstrated 
the strong influence the media has had on our 
young people. A non-christian magazine had a 
contest encouraging young girls to write in twenty- 
five words or less why they should have a date with 
a member of Motley Crew, a rock group. A non- 



christian journalist who viewed the responses was | 
so shocked by the sexual perversity influenced by 
this group that he wrote a strong editorial in 
response. Throughout our country it is not uncom- 
mon for third and fourth grade children to have 
viewed pornographic movies on cable channels in 
their own living rooms. 

Only 16% of the movies produced last year were 
not R-rated. Even the PG (parental guidance sug- 
gested) movies can show brief frontal nudity. 
Poland considers the present rating system an ex- 
ample of "the fox guarding the chickens". The 
movie industry is anxious to produce movies that 
will make a profit and it appears the movie-going 
public is more likely to attend an R-rated picture. 
Even Walt Disney studios now produce R-rated 
movies through its Touchstone Pictures division. 

Another of Dr. Poland's strong concerns is that 
no one is witnessing to the people who are con- 
trolling the media. (See "Reaching the Top" in the 
May, 1988 Herald .) The individuals who are in con- 
trol of television and the movie industry are in as 
great a need of a Savior as the rest of the world. 

Larry Poland is not just sitting back and 
watching the media corrode our country. He is a 
man with a purpose. For the past eight-and-a-half 
years he has diligently been working to make a dif- 
ference through the organization he founded, 
Mastermedia International, Inc. Mastermedia 
operates Christian ministries to media leaders, 
primarily in films and television, and seeks to 
create awareness of the impact of media on in- 
dividuals, the family, the Church, and society. 

The Mediator is one of the tools used by 
Mastermedia to accomplish their goals. This free, 
bimonthly newsletter offers insights into film, 
television and God's working in the media. Each 
issue lists a Prayer Focus and a few Action Points: 
practical suggestions to impact the media. 

Dr. Poland has also authored a series of booklets 
in a "Watch What You Watch" series. "TV: The 
'Live In' Alien" introduces the reader to TV. Ew- 
ing, a popular fellow who wants to live in your 
home. Another booklet is entitled "Profile of a 
Mediaholic". 

Perhaps Poland's most exciting ministry is his 
outreach to the individuals who are in media. He 
is sharing the life-changing message of Christ and 
discipling new Christians in Hollywood. 



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Larry and his wife Donna have given their children names with spiritual significance. 
Christian Mark, 21, their oldest son was given his name so he can make his mark on the world 
for Christ Desiree Marie, 19, was named for the desired one of Mary, who is Jesus. The Polands 
want Cherish Faith, 16, to cherish faith and Destiny Joy, 14, to have her destiny be joy. Chalet 
Celeste, 9, has her home in heaven and their prayer is that Valor Nathan, 4, will have the 
courage of the prophet Nathan. 



Mastermedia reaches out to 200 men in Hollywood 
to share Christ. Sixty men are reached on a regular 
basis and twenty-two men are involved every other 
week in a fellowship group. Dr. Poland meets with 
these new Christians who attend the group by 
closed invitation. A third of their time is spent in 
intimate, burden-bearing fellowship, a third in 
Bible study and the balance of the time in prayer. 
Nothing shared within this group is repeated out- 
side of the group and no business is conducted 
during their time together. This "Key Men in 
Hollywood" group includes Vice Presidents of ma- 
jor television stations and meets in their board 
rooms. Poland is always excited when a man 
comes to know Christ and can say, "I hurt. I need 
people. I need Christ." 

Recently, Mastermedia has begun work in New 
York city to reach Christians in media and begin 
a "Key Men" group on the east coast. They invited 



100 men to attend a complimentary dinner at the 
Yale Club, hoping a handful would attend. They 
were amazed when 61 tough New Yorkers showed 
up. One new Christian, who has been a stunt man 
for over thirty-five years and is one of the top five 
stunt men in the industry, shared his testimony. 
He got choked up as he related his story and how 
Christ had changed his life. He received a standing 
ovation from teary-eyed New Yorkers. The meeting 
was scheduled to end at 1:40 and at 3:45 men were 
still there sharing with each other. God is doing 
exciting things through Mastermedia. 

A recent issue of The Mediator gave insight in- 
to the difficult lives of the Christians who work in 
media. "It is hard to overstate the moral and 
ethical dilemmas facing believers who work in film 
and television industries. Take the challenge fac- 
ing the Christian owner of a Hollywood media 
company that has been highly effective in helping 



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major production companies like Warner Brothers 
promote films like Chariots of Fire and The Mis- 
sion to the fortv million evangelicals in America. 
"Naturallv. as" a Christian, this media exec wants 
to recommend to fellow Christians only those films 
that he believes will be upbuilding. This is tough 
to start with because of the 409 films rated by the 
Motion Picture Association of America from 
Januarv. 1987 to October. 1987. only 10 films were 
rated "G". Two hundred forty-eight or 61 percent 
were "R" and. as such, would be deeply offensive 
to most believers. While some "PG" films would 
be acceptable to most believers, there is always the 
film with a great message, a powerful statement, 
or an awesome ability to lift the human spirit that 
has "just one scene' that offends Christian values 
or just a 'half dozen' uses of profanity or misuses 
of God's name. 

"This man knows God has called him to the 
movie business. He entered it from another field 
of endeavor in obedience to Christ. At the same 
time, the 'gray areas' of the movie industry make 
his decisions tough. Your brothers and sisters in 
Christ who are called to the world of film and 
television need your understanding, your prayers, 
and your encouragement to be 'wise as serpents 
and harmless as doves' in the tough decisions they 
face in the spiritual war." 

What events have provided Larry Poland with 
the talents and abilities for such a unique ministry 
as Mastermedia? When considering the ac- 
complishments of Poland's 49 years, it is difficult 
to imagine one man could accomplish so much. 
Poland graduated from Warsaw High School (In- 
diana) in 1957. He received his B.A. in Social 
Science with a major in Sociology from Wheaton 
College in 1961. His wife. Donna, graduated from 
Wheaton with a B.A. in Psychology in 1962. 

From 1961 to 1967, the Polands were at Grace 
College in Winona Lake. IN. From 1961 to 1965. 
Larry was the Registrar. Director of Financial Aid. 
and Director of Admissions to the college while 
teaching Sociology and Speech and obtaining his 
Master of Divinity degree. In 1966 he obtained his 
M.S. in Educational Administration with minors 
in Social Science and Political Science from Pur- 
due University. From 1966 to 1967 Larry was the 
Assistant to the President and Dean in Charge of 
Institutional Studies at Grace College. 

In 1967. Dr. Poland became the President of 
Miami Christian College, Miami FL. While there, 
he took a faltering Bible College from a "minus net 
worth" and 50 students to an accredited campus 
worth approximately three million dollars with an 
enrollment of 300. 

Dr. Poland became the Director of the Agape 
Movement of Campus Crusade for Christ, Interna- 
tional in 1973. In the following years. Dr. Poland 
became the Developer and Director of World 
Thrust. Missions Leadership Seminars. Strategy 




"The person who is secure in Christ and 
emotionally secure as a whole person is filled 
with energy and vitality, with life and 
enthusiasm," says Larry Poland. Though 
describing motivation in Christ, he could 
have been describing himself. 

Resource Network, and Associates in Media. He 
founded a radio station in Miami. Florida; hosted 
a Christian television talk show, served as ex- 
ecutive director and platform host of "World 
Thrust" media production: and hosted a series of 
hour-long, prime time specials aired on Canadian 
television. 

In 1985. Dr. Poland became the Director of 
Ministries at Trinity Evangelical Free Church in 
Highland. California and founded Mastermedia In- 
ternational. Inc. 

Larry Poland has authored numerous articles 
and booklets and has two books that have been 
published: Spirit Power and Rise to Conquer. He 
has spoken nationally and internationally since 
1967. done consulting for missions agencies. 
Christian media operations and churches and 
maintains an active personal and family counsel- 
ing involvement. 

Dr. Poland has some very strong views on the 
subject of Christian education. "If you took an 
ideal philosophy, I do not think it is in the best in- 
terest of a democratic society to have people 



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going to separate schools. I think the great equalizer 
in our country is that people from different strata 
have been able to go through the same educational 
system. It has allowed us to relate to people from dif- 
ferent social, economic and ethnic backgrounds. It 
is a central part of a democratic society. 

"What I see happening in American education 
is that the basic moral, spiritual and religious 
foundations of the public system have now been 
ripped out. The typical Christian family who 
wants to have the school as an extension of their 
home and their values has no alternative but to put 
their kids in an educational climate which rein- 
forces the family's values. 

"When I went to Warsaw High School, there were 
no justification for a Christian school. The kids in 
leadership in that school didn't even smoke and the 
moral leadership in the class was there. There was 
a number of fine Christian teachers in the school 
and even the principal was a strong moral and 
spiritual influence. We had chapels where local 
ministers would come to share things with us. So. 
there wasn't the need then for a Christian school. 

"I think some communities still have some good, 
moral public schools. In southern California, we 
don't really have an alternative. The schools there 
are so wide open and alien in terms of philosophy 
- moral philosophy, political philosophy and 
religious philosophy. Humanism is taught as "the 
religion" of the school system. The lifestyles of the 
teachers are not respectable in many instances. 
The good teachers are being forced out of the 
public school system because they don't want to 
put up with free sex. free drugs, violence, or the 
intimidation of other teachers. 

"The way things are going increasingly. I don't 

: think the Christian parent will have a choice if he 

i is committed to have the school system be an ex- 

i tension of his personal Christian values, but to 

enroll his children in Christian schools. 

"I am a strong supporter of Christian education 
where there isn't any other alternative. I also 
believe strongly in excellence in education - 
especially in Christian schools. If a Christian 
school is excellent and creative, it is unbeatable. 

"The Christian academy in our area averages 
: IV2 to 2V2 years ahead of public school at even,* 
grade level. This is not because we are so selective 
we get only bright kids, but the special emphasis, 
the care, the nurture, the modeling, the supportive 
environment for learning makes a world of dif- 
ference. Our children are wildly overachievers in 
many ways in terms of their educational pursuits." 

While president of Miami Christian College, Dr. 
Poland founded a model elementary school for the 
Education Department. "It was difficult for the stu- 
dent teachers to get a view of what the "ideal" 
teaching situation would be like." he recalled, "so 
we started our own school to give them a window 
into an effective school svstem - educationally. 



morally and spiritually. We tried to select the finest 
teachers for that system and I had the privilege of 
having one of my children go through the first and 
second grades in that school." 

Dr. Poland also founded Arrowhead Christian 
Academy, a Christian high school in Redlands. CA 
in 1979. "We are satisfied customers of Christian 
education.'" Poland declares. 

I asked Larry how he maintained the balance be- 
tween sen*ing the Lord in a powerful way without 
sacrificing his family. He said. "As I grew up. I saw 
an awful lot of people, who in a manner of speak- 
ing, gained the world and lost their family. I deter- 
mined that wasn't going to happen to me. I would 
joyfully lose the world if I could keep my family. 

"As a man. I feel it is important to have some goals 
in life. If you aim at nothing, you're guaranteed a 
direct hit. So. in my early twenties I set out some 
life goals for me. These six goals are very personal, 
but one of these goals was to be an outstanding hus- 
band and father. I think unless a man sets a goal 
to be a great father, he isn't likely to achieve it. 
because men are very achievement oriented. Since 
we usually pick goals which are outside of the home, 
such as money status, fame or whatever, the fami- 
ly and relationships at home usually get caught in 
the backwash of other objectives. 

"Since that relationship is my number two goal 
on my list, with my number one goal relating to 
my relationship with God and influence for Him. 
I think that has been very helpful for setting the 
course and helping me sort out my priorities in 
terms of my life's goals." 

Looking over the accomplishments of Larry 
Poland's 49 years. I am amazed at the way the Lord 
has used him to further His kingdom. I was in- 
terested to know if Dr. Poland considered himself 
a "workaholic". "There is a radical difference be- 
tween the motivation of being busy and being a 
workaholic."' he said. 

A book that had an effect on my life was Do I 
Have to Be Me?' by Lloyd Ahlem. In that book he 
said psychologically, emotionally-whole people 
achieve out of the wellspring of knowing who they 
are. Fragmented people achieve in order to become 
somebody The difference is very dramatic. The per- 
son who is secure in Christ and emotionally secure 
as a whole person is so filled with energy and vitali- 
ty with life and enthusiasm that he works from an 
entirely different motivation. The secure Christian 
is not frightened about losing his job because he 
knows God will take care of him and he is secure 
enough to keep his priorities straight. 

"While we are all very, very busy people and the 
pace we live is a rapid one. we are willing and able 
to say "no' to things in order to spend quality time 
with our family to ensure that our family relation- 
ships are good. We are not going to let the culture 
shape us. we are going to be change agents in the 
culture. Continued on page 21 



HRALD/ July 15. 1988 



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Continued from page 19 

' 'If someone had told me twenty-five years ago 
that a Christian family was such a powerful sup- 
port for ministry, I wouldn't have believed you. 
Now, particularly in our church ministry, I can't 
believe how many people say they come to our 
church or they respect me or will listen to what 
I have to say because they see the fruit in our 
family. Now I know it was worth that quarter-of-a- 
century investment in right priorities and in a 
good relationship with my wife and our family, 
because the community watches your kids as 
much as it watches you and perhaps even more." 

Dr. Larry Poland is truly a man with a purpose: 

to do God's will, to be a super husband and father 

i and to carry out a ministry through his church 

and through Mastermedia, International. May the 

Lord continue to bless his service to Him. EJ 



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Dear Editor, 

I am writing to express my appreciation for the article by Raeann Hart concerning 
Colonel John Schumacher, in the April issue of the Herald. I especially appreciated 
the article for several reasons. 

First, I believe the Grace Brethren military Chaplains provide one of the most unique 
and effective ministries of our Fellowship and yet are probably the least known. These 
men represent our Grace Brethren Fellowship but even more, our Lord and Savior. 

Secondly, I appreciated this article because of an event that took place in Vietnam 
in 1966. 1 was in a unit in which Col. Schumacher and his men passed through. They 
had just come out of a very severe encounter with the enemy and one could clearly 
see the physical and emotional toll that had been taken. I saw on the collar of one 
battle-weary soldier, a cross which told me immediately that he was a Chaplain. I 
approached him and to my surprise recognized him immediately as Col. Schumacher. 
Despite the tremendous ordeal he had been through, he took the time to talk with 
me and to encourage me, thinking not of what he had been through. I will never forget 
that meeting which took place during a very difficult time in my life. 

God bless our Chaplains and may the Lord continue to give them the wisdom and 
compassion that they need in dealing with the young men and women of our Armed 
Forces. 

In Christ, 

Pastor Dave Mitchell 

Waipio Grace Brethren Church 

Waipio, Hawaii 



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OME MISSIONS 



A Vision 

from the Mesa 



by Dino Butler 



Vision. It is essential to those who will be leaders 
in the future. Many seek it, debate it, and expand 
it. The Bible says that without it, the people perish. 
On the Navajo Reservation in New Mexico and 
Arizona, that premise is the unfortunate affirma- 
tion of what has happened to youthful Christian 
leadership in the past few years. 

Poor planning and lack of involvement has 
severely crippled the number of Navajo young peo- 
ple who become involved in ministry to their own 
people. Only by God's grace will more young Nava- 
jo leaders arise who will have the vision to reach 
their nation with the Gospel. At Grace Schools in 
Winona Lake, IN, a number of Navajo young peo- 
ple are pursuing higher education, already with 
a vision for the future. There are six in the college: 
Joanne Smith, Dino Butler, John Ben, Lori Curley, 
Lolita Castillo, Faye Willeto, and Rena Jim; and one 
in seminary: Daron Butler. Each is unique, but 
each shares a dream to return to work among their 
own people. 

Daron Butler is setting a precedent for Navajo 
youth who are interested in education, but more 
importantly those who are committed to serving 
Christ. A 1987 college graduate and the son of 
Navajo pastor Tully Butler and his wife, Mary, 
Daron has an optimistic view of what can be ac- 
complished on the Reservation. 

"My vision," he states, "is that these people 
(Navajo students at Grace) be themselves, be in- 
dividuals, stand up, and be all they can be, as God 
has gifted them with the talents that they possess. 
It's very important they establish themselves as a 
person individually." 

He also is very guarded about being the "only 
role model" that the Navajo kids should fashion 
themselves after. 

"One of the problems with being a 'pathfinder' 
is that others get measured according to that stan- 
dard, whether or not that standard is from the per- 
son himself, but it's a standard that other people 
measure in respect to themselves." 

Being the first Navajo product of the Grace 
Brethren Navajo Mission at Counselor, NM to at- 
tend Grace in almost ten years, he has mixed emo- 
tions about being a 'trailblazer.' 

"I think of being a trailblazer as frightening, 
because a lot is made of that position, not because 
the position is earned, but because it is given. 



When he first arrived on Grace campus in 1983, 
his first thoughts were to make an impact on the 
school, in whatever way that might be. Four years 
later, as a senior, he was recognized with the 
Greatest Contribution to Student Life award. 

Daron gets excited about the possibilities about 
life after seminary. 

"I would like to go back to New Mexico and work 
among the young and try to orient them to the 
world we live in. They have confusion, as all kids 
have, but more so now for the bi-lingual, bi- 
cultural, sometimes tri-cultural, home situations. 
For the Navajo Christian, he must battle the Anglo 
culture as well as some of the traditional Navajo 
ways." 

"My other objective is to make an impact on the 
reservation, to turn it upside down," he says with 
a smile. 

He is currently pursuing a Master of Divinity 
degree along with a degree in Christian School 
Administration. 

Only by God's grace will more 

young Navajo leaders arise who 

will have the vision to reach 

their nation with the Gospel. 

Daron deals practically with ministry and makes 
it applicable to everyday life. 

"Ministry does not begin when you graduate, 
but it's now, today, tomorrow. I don't see my 
ministry as a vision, but as a reality that's happen- 
ing now." 



Joanne Smith is the only girl in a family of six 
boys. Although a close-knit family, she enjoyed a 
special relationship with her mother. 

"My Mom was the closest person to me and 1 
loved her dearly. I shared everything with her. One 
of the reasons I even came to college was because 
she wanted me to. She never went to school hersell 
and thought it would be very beneficial to me." 

Her mother died in March and Joanne still has 
trouble talking about her without shedding a few 
tears. 

Joanne's major is in Business Administration 



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and she has a minor in 
Communications. She also 
talks of adding another 
minor. 

"I really got interested in 
Biology and I like it. I 
guess the reason why my 
interests are so diversified 
is that my capabilities for 
career work are much 
wider now." 

In contemplating 

ministry, Joanne likes to 
work with people, especial- 
ly communicating God 
through her everyday life. 

"I believe that in 
whatever field that I'm in 
[ can let people know I am 
concerned about them, 
and let them know that I 
have a difference in my 
life." 



To his frustration, Dino 
Butler is often referred to 
as "Daron's-younger- 
brother.' But rather than 
standing in the shadow of 
the 'trailblazer', this 

energetic college junior is forging his own path. He 
is studying Communications and English and 
hopes to go on to graduate school. 

"I feel my role as a Navajo is one that has me 
serving my people in a unique capacity, a capaci- 
ty that involves getting them to communicate bet- 
ter with their world, with each other, and with 
themselves." 

Dino sees lifestyle evangelism as a ministry key 
- for now and in the future. 

"I think that in our area of the reservation, the 
people know the message, but it has not been 
lived out to them. I think that once we as Navajo 
believers commit ourselves to walking the straight 
and narrow, than God will start to bless our respec- 
tive ministries." 




Though the road he traveled was a lot rougher 
than that of the other Navajo Grace students, John 
Ben has now embarked on a journey that he feels 
will bring him more satisfying experiences. 

As a young person, John had a hard time cop- 
ing with the racism that sometimes exists between 
Navajo, Hispanic, and Anglo cultures. 

"I found out at a very young age about that and 
I found out that not everybody can be trusted," he 
says. "It truly is a dog-eat-dog world." 

Like most families on the reservation, John's 
mother was vital in his upbringing; his sensitivity 



Navajo students at Grace - (L to R) Dino Butler, Rena Jim, 
Lolita Willeto, Lori Curley, Faye Willeto, and Daron Butler. 



to her discipline was brought on by her intense 
love for him. 

"I love my mom dearly and there are times she 
would tell me she was angry with me and that's 
all she needed to do to make me not misbehave 
again. There were times she would say, 'I discipline 
you because I love you. If I didn't love you, I would 
treat you differently.'" 

A reserved and clear-headed man, John grew up 
attending school at the Grace Brethren Navajo 
Mission. 

"A number of staff were very influential," he 
recalls. "As a child, some of the female workers 
would show so much emotion to me, something 
that I never knew people could feel about me, that 
it left an impression on me." 

John is a Criminal Justice major and is open to 
what awaits him in the future. He is considering 
working with the probation department of the Nava- 
jo Police or as a counselor of juvenile delinquents. 

Down the road, there is also the possibility of 
marriage. His girlfriend, Lori, is also a student at 
Grace. 



John, in fact, is the reason, Lori Curley is at 
Grace. A native of Kaibeto, AZ, about 30 miles from 
Page, AZ, she met John at a camp meeting at the 
Red Lake Grace Brethren Church in 1986. 

I thought it was love at first sight and he was 



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HOME MISSIONS 



really funny," she laughs heartily. "He is a 
gentleman, nice and honest." 

She was not impressed when John told her he 
attended a college in Indiana. 

"I thought it was a waste of time," she admits. 
"I was born into a trade school family (everyone 
in the family went to trade school) and I figured 
that to go to college was a waste of my time." 

Her ideas have changed since she arrived on 
campus last fall. Her goal is to work with abused 
children and she is studying Psychology. 

Faye Willeto is probably one of few Navajos who 
has traveled overseas. She traveled to England in 
1985 with a basketball team ministry. 

"It was exciting, but I was sort of scared," she 
recalls, "because I was the only one from my part 
of the country. I didn't know anyone else and it 
seemed like everyone else knew each other." 

She found the people friendly and open because 
of her ethnic background. 

"At one place, I dressed up in my traditional 
Navajo outfit and some of the people just stared," 
she remembers with a laugh. "Some of the peo- 
ple didn't think I could talk English! But some of 
them were interested in the culture and even asked 
questions to see if we were up to the times!" 

Faye's main influence in her life has been her 
parents. 

"Just to have them pushing and encouraging me 
is good for me because we, as Navajos, don't real- 
ly encourage each other. We aren't really that open 
a people, and it's even hard to say, 'I love you,' even 
to those you love. Our love at home was never ver- 
balized, but it really was expressed." 



Lolita Castillo dreamed early about teaching 
kids. An Elementary Education major, she used 
to go behind the house and 'teach' her little 
brothers and sisters. 

"The side of a flatbed truck was the blackboard. 
We sometimes played in the house, too. It was fun. 
I like being in front of people, especially little kids." 

She came to Grace for a change of pace. "I also 
wanted to go to a Christian college. I like it. I like 
the campus and the friends I have here are great." 

When she graduates, she hopes to teach in a 
public school. Then, with that experience under her 
belt, she'd return to the Grace Brethren Navajo 
Mission as a teacher. 






A cousin recommended that Rena Jim attend 
Grace College and she doesn't regret coming. "The 
people here are friendly, and they show that they 
care about you," she says. "I like the classes, too." 

The experience has also taught her a lot about the 
Christian life. 

"When I'm not living right, the lessons we learn 
in class help me change," she notes. 

Rena grew up at Dzilth-Na-O-Dilthle, about 25 
miles south of Bloomfield, NM. She attended the 
nearby Berean Mission School for eight years, then 
spent a year at Grace Brethren Navajo High School 
before transferring to Bloomfield High School. 

In the remote area of northwestern New Mexico, 
the vision for a new generation of leadership is 
becoming reality. Daron, Joanne, Dino, John, Lori, 
Faye, Lolita, and Rena see they can impact their 
community. Their backgrounds and experiences 
vary, but one thing is certain - education is a high 
priority, and it is a necessary step to reaching their 
goals. 



A Commitment to Caring I 

by Kurt Miller 



There are two incidents of caring that have been 
demonstrated within the last few months at the 
Palm Harbor Grace Brethren Church in Florida. The 
first involves care exhibited by a family to a lady go- 
ing through a separation and potential divorce. The 
second involves the caring for an elderly widow who 
has no family to see after her needs. 

Linda is a young mother of two small children. 
When her husband walked out, she was left with the 
task of working full time, meeting daily living ex- 
penses, taking care of all household duties, and car- 
ing for the needs of her children. The church 
assisted in a limited way through grocery money, 
but the need was far greater. 

Ann saw that need and volunteered to take the 
expense of child care off Linda's shoulders. And, 
even though Ann and her husband were having 
financially difficult times, she cared for Linda's 
children every day for months at no charge. 

The final result of this demonstration of love was 
the salvation of Linda's husband and reconciliation! 



Christina was an 83-year-old lady known to many 
as a "bag-lady." She could be seen any day walking ', 
the streets carrying a large shopping bag. One eve- 
ning toward dusk, my wife Anecia offered her a ride. 
Christina readily accepted and that was the begin- 
ning of a wonderful relationship. 

It soon became apparent that Christina needed 
help in many areas and we stepped in to fill the gap. 
Christina became a regular attender and soon made 
a profession of faith. 

One Sunday while singing "The Old Rugged 
Cross" for special music, I asked Christina to join 
me. There was hardly a dry eye in the congregation 
as her beautiful soprano voice told of her commit- 
ment to Christ. 

Two weeks later, she went to be with her Lord. 

Caring. Is it worth it? You will never convince me 
there is anything more important in life! 



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HOME MISSIONS 



Restoring the Image 



It is common today to hear about people spend- 
ing thousands of dollars to have a their nose 
reshaped, ears tucked, or chin softened. This is all 
for the sake of having a new appearance, a new im- 
age. We also hear people talk about the importance 
of having self-esteem or a good self-image. Unfor- 
tunately, those words are usually used apart from 
jany discussion of Scripture. 

As Christians, we believe man was created in 
|God's image, because the Bible teaches it in 
iGenesis 1:27. We also believe we still bear God's 
limage even though man sinned against God and 
•we also know we are not spiritually perfect as 
■Adam was before he fell. The Bible tells us in Ephe- 
isians 4:22-24 and Colossians 3:9-10 what Adam's 
Ispiritual condition was before he fell and the cor- 
relation between the believer and Adam. These 
passages help us understand Adam's original state 
'because Genesis 1:26-27 does not. The terms "im- 
age" and "likeness" do not state in any concise way 
'what constitutes the image of God in man. Neither 
iword studies nor the immediate context help us 
•understand the subject. 

However, the Apostle Paul sheds great light upon 
our understanding of Genesis 1:26-27. In Colos- 
isians 3:10 and Ephesians 4:24, he states that 
(believers have put on the new man. The latter 
^passage states that this new man "has been 
created after God in righteousness and holiness 
pf truth." Due to the parallel passage, it is correct 
to understand the word "image" after "God." This 
new man corresponds to the original image of God 
.in man. It is not that a Christian at his salvation 
returns to Adam's original state, but that the pro- 
jcess of restoring His image is begun and continued 
|Until the believer is glorified. The believer has new 
desires and abilities to do the will of God and he 
is a citizen of heaven while he remains in this 
jfallen world. Those who have put on the new man 
jbecome like Christ in righteousness and holiness. 
,The Triune God is righteous and holy and those 
; who put on Christ are characterized by those 
qualities. 

Not only has this "new man" been created in 
believers, it is continually being renewed (Col. 
3:10). Paul says the life and power of Christ within 
is being constantly renewed as the Holy Spirit 
reproduces more and more Christ-likeness in the 
believer. This process of renewal is "unto- 
knowledge after the image of him that created 



by Greg Stamm 
Lancaster, Ohio 




him." It results in a growth in and an acquisition 
of knowledge. Prior to becoming a Christian, we 
were impaired because the conscience was basing 
decisions upon facts which were unreliable and 
the product of spiritual ignorance. However, once 
someone becomes a Christian, his conscience is 
able to function properly, because there is a 
renewal of moral and spiritual discernment. 

This knowledge is "in conformity with" the im- 
age of God and is the creator of the new man. There 
is a definite allusion to Genesis 1:27 which states 
that Adam was created by God "in His own image." 
In light of Colossians 3:10 and Ephesians 4:24, we 
may conclude that Adam was righteous and holy 
and was not spiritually ignorant and dead. He knew 
what God required of him and responded in com- 
plete obedience. He fell from that state and it is that 
state to which Christians are being restored. When 
God creates the new man in a believer, He begins 
that process of restoration of His image in man, 
making that person continually more like His Son. 
However, we should not conclude that man lost 
God's image at the Fall. This is somewhat like a 
marred and battered piece of furniture. It is still 
recognizable, but there are serious defects and a 
need for someone to restore it. 

As Christians, we should praise the Lord for this 
process of restoration. God is doing a wonderful 
work in us through the Holy Spirit. As Christians, 
we also need to ask ourselves if we indeed are ex- 
hibiting righteousness and holiness. As people 
who are redeemed, we should accurately reflect 
the character of the Triune God. 



W -«■» '"m 






Greg Stamm is the founding pastor of the Grace 
Brethren Church. Lancaster. OH. He and his wife. 
Sally, have one daughter. 



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Unique Singles' Ministry 

at 
Southern Lancaster Church 

by Jan Shetter 



A Christian can find himself(herself) divorced 
:ven though he(she) doesn't want to be. When 
ne's mate decides to follow the world and refuses 
o listen to God's word, the church must en- 
tourage, support and love the wronged spouse as 
God does, not treat him(her) as a leper. 
| It is out of this care and concern for hurting 
singles that P.E.P. (People Encouraging People) has 
oeen formed here at Southern Lancaster, PA, 
jrace Brethren Church. This group meets two 
Monday evenings each month at the church and 
is open to anyone separated, divorced, never mar- 
':ied, or remarried. The meetings offer Bible study 
and fellowship for members and guests and two 
classes for their children up to age eleven. 

As leader, Ed Weber often teaches the lesson. 
9ualified Christian guest speakers from outside 
pur congregation have also explored topics such 
as "Step Parenting" and "Listening". Our own 
Associate Pastor, Stan Winder, encourages us all 
with his presence at meetings and occasional 
teaching. Our Senior Pastor, Vernon Harris and 
Mrs. Harris have also spoken. 

A recent interview with Pastor Harris brought 
)ut his viewpoint on P.E.P. and its ministry here 
it the church and in our community at large. 

"The church in general takes a 'hands off posi- 
ion concerning the needs of the divorced because 
iivorce is a touchy subject. With the main 
ninistry of the church being the family, it's been 
in oversight, an area we neglect," says Pastor 
iarris. 

Pastor rarely gets to talk with the guilty party: 
ew who come to him acknowledge their guilt. He 
Ties to take people at their word when they do 
:ome to him and help them get their lives 
traightened out through faith in Christ. "When 
noral issues arise among our members, we do deal 
vith them. We try counseling, offering help and, 
f necessary, confrontation." 

Pastor Harris feels that Southern Lancaster 
irace Brethren Church tries to minister to 
'EOPLE and their needs. "With half the marriages 
nding in divorce, this an area where the church 
nust do something!" added Pastor Harris. 

Pastor went on to express his opinion on the 

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pressing needs of the single parent families. "Some 
are victims because of circumstances beyond their 
control; therefore, they are worthy of our 
assistance, be it financial, emotional, or social," 
stated Pastor Harris. 

"P.E.P. has given a new dimension to ministry 
here at Southern Lancaster Grace Brethren 
Church. More than half those attending P.E.P. are 
outside our congregation. We have already had 
P.E.P. members from outside our church come to 
know Christ and become members here," he 
remarked. 

"I would recommend a group such as our P.E.P. 
for other churches; the need for this ministry is 
continuing to increase. This is a wide-open door 
for opportunity to any church," ended Pastor 
Harris. 

People Encouraging People 

has evolved out of a need to 

show care and concern for 

hurting singles. 

It is necessary to have the support of our church 
in order for P.E.P.'s ministry to work. We appreciate 
this concern and involvement; it is a great en- 
couragement to us. 

P.E.P. was formed as an outgrowth of a singles' 
Sunday School Care Group. It first met in the 
spring of 1986 in the home of Ron and Bobbi 
Cohen. Ron was at that time the Minister of Ad- 
ministration here at Southern Lancaster Grace 
Brethren Church. When the Cohens left for an ex- 
tensive trip to Alaska that summer, the group con- 
tinued to meet in the home of Sheldon and Jan 
Shetter. The group grew and by October 1986, Ed 
Weber, having emerged as the leader, encouraged 
the church to allow us to meet there. 

A steering committee was formed at that time 
consisting of Ed, Sheldon and Jan and Mike and 
Londa Reach. The committee meets monthly to 
plan the topics of discussion, social events and 
fund raisers. All members of this committee had 
suffered the pain and anguish of divorce and 



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rebuilding their lives. The Reaches and Shetters 
still carry a burden for singles and their presence 
serves as an encouragement -- hope to those who 
are now unattached that there is life after divorce. 
As the functions of P.E.P. expanded, new members 
were added to the steering committee. Sharon 
Stauffer efficiently arranges for babysitting, Deb 
Frey for clean-up, and Mike and Dottie Klase are 
in charge of social events. 

In addition to our regular Monday meetings, 
P.E.P. plans social functions often including the 
children. Below are the activities we enjoyed dur- 
ing 1987: 

• Bowling/Pizza Party 

• Bill Gaither Concert in Hershey, PA 

• Memorial Day Picnic at Long's Park, 
Lancaster 

• Miniature Golf and Cookout 

• 2 Car Wash Fun Fund Raisers 

• Family Fun Night with Games & 
Homemade Ice Cream 

• Movie Night with Popcorn 

" Christmas Family Feast/Balloon 
Ministry for Kids 

• Christmas Caroling 

We try to plan activities once every six weeks ~ 
sometimes funding the entire event. We attempt 
to create fun evenings (with and without children) 
to give members an evening out with believers in 
order to get acquainted and to fill the voids in their 
lives. 

We have experienced growing pains from time 
to time, but through prayer, compromise and 
guidance from our pastors, we have grown in 
understanding the needs of those to whom we 



minister. We must keep in mind ALWAYS that this 
is the Lord's work and His ministry, not ours. 

By August of 1987, it became apparent that 
there was a need for babysitting. So long as it was 
summer, there were few problems because the 
children could play outdoors. As fall approached 
and the number of children increased, we realized 
a need for separating the children into two groups: 
one for pre-schoolers, the other for school age 
children. (Actually, we would have more classes if 
space were not a factor.) 

Two teenage girls, Jody Smith and Lori Flick work 
with the younger children and Sheldon and Jan 
Shetter ministered to the school age group. With the 
Shetters absent from P.E.P. Meetings, this created a 
burden on Londa and Mike Reach who remained as 
the only greeters. So the Lord solved our problem! 
He sent Brian Ressler, a young adult who had been 
a child of divorce himself, to help Jan who continues 
to plan for both classes. With this welcome addition, 
Sheldon is able to rejoin the adults and add his 
listening ear to that of the Reaches. 




We try to show these hurting 
children the love of Jesus 

In addition to Bible stories and related activities, 
the children are also encouraged to help others and 
to share by preparing snacks or making a gift for 
a friend. We recognize that the ministry to children ' 
is of utmost importance. They are often overlooked 
or abused in any number of ways. We try to help 
them become a support group for one another and 
thus work through their feelings of sadness, guilt, 
fear and hostility. We try to show these hurting 
children the love of Jesus. At the end of each 
meeting, we all enjoy playing games as well. 



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We do not claim to have answers to the 
nembers" varied needs, but we do listen and 
;are. We offer assistance when we can or direct 
nembers to a professional when we can not. 
,Vhat we do offer is hope: Hope in our Lord and 
savior. Jesus Christ. We try always to focus on 
3iblical answers to problems and in this way ex- 
lort one another to grow in faith and understan- 
ling of biblical truths. 

We have learned that by helping others, we have 
>een helped ourselves. As our members begin to 
lelp one another, we observe the healing of this 
3 .E.P Ministry. This is an encouragement to all 
vho would minister for the Lord! £3 








Preparations for P.E.P. Party 
which included their children. 



"With half the marriages 

(in our country) ending 

in divorce, this is an 

area where the church 

must do something!" 

Mike Reach and Jan Shetter, 
sponsors of P.E.P. 



Boards Honor Grace Graduates 



On May 11, the National Boards 
}f the Fellowship of Grace Brethren 
Churches held a brunch at the 
viewpoint Restaurant in Warsaw. 
:N for the Grace Brethren 
graduates of Grace Schools, 
Winona Lake. IN. Home Missions. 
Foreign Missions, Grace Schools, 
jBC Christian Education. Mis- 
sionary' Herald, Grace Village and 
the Grace Brethren Investment 
Foundation participated in honor- 
ing the graduates who were 
presented with a copy of the Lion 
Bible Encyclopedia. Representing 
the boards were Robert Thompson, 
Sherwood Durkee, Brad Skiles. Ed 
Lewis, David Plaster, Charles 
Turner, Wendell Kent, Tom Julien 
and Walter Fretz. 

Plans are being formulated to 
make the brunch an annual event. 




Grace Brethren Home Missions Executive Director Robert 
Thompson chats with a graduate. 



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FELLOWSHIP NEWS 



MARRIAGES 

BASTING: Janet Hoxworth and 
Robert Basting, March 26, 1988, 
Winona Lake Grace Brethren 
Church, Winona Lake, IN. Charles 
Ashman, pastor. 

HEFFELFINGER: Michelle Henry 
and William Heffelfinger, April 23, 
1988, Winona Lake Grace Brethren 
Church, Winona Lake, IN. Charles 
Ashman, pastor. 

NEWCOM: Gladys Fatkin and 
George Newcom, May 14, 1988, 
Suburban Grace Brethren Church, 
Hatboro, PA. Gary Gnagey, pastor. 
SCARBOROUGH: Virginia Hart- 
man and Vincent Scarborough, 
March 12, 1988, in the Pelzer 
Presbyterian Church, Pelzer, SC. 
Pastor Russell Ogden (Lanham, 
MD) officiated. Vincent is a member 
of the Grace Brethren Church, 
Lanham, MD. 

GILBERT, MIRIAM, 85, April 19, 
1988. She was a member of the 
Grace Brethren Church, Lanham, 
MD, since 1913. Russ Ogden, pastor. 
PEITZMAN, ELLEN, 80, January 12, 
1988. She was a member of the 
Grace Brethren Church of Dallas 
Center, IA. Stephen Burns, pastor. 
SHOCKEY, ALICE, 79, May 9, 1988. 
She was a member of the Grace 
Brethren Church of Meyersdale, PA, 
and the Pearls of Wisdom Fellowship 
Group. 

TURMAN, FRANK, 85, May 1, 1988. 
He was a faithful member of the 
Vicksburg Grace Brethren Church, 
Hollidaysburg, PA, was a licensed 
minister in the Grace Brethren 
Fellowship, and served as a pastor - 
his last pastorate was in Indiana, PA, 
for the West Penn District Mission 
Board. Robert Griffith, pastor. 
WALLS, ROBERT W., 61, May 1, 
1988. He was a member of the 
Vicksburg Grace Brethren Church, 
Hollidaysburg, PA. Robert Griffith, 
pastor. 



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News Update 

Greg Ryerson has resigned as 
pastor of the Spokane Valley Grace 
Brethren Church, Spokane, WA, and 
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Grace Brethren Church of Center- 
ville, OH. He began his ministry 
there on May 22, 1988. 
Lee Rogers, a deacon in the 
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Mifflin, OH. A position is open for 
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outreach. If interested, please send 
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Anchorage, AK.Greatland Grace 
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50th 
Anniversary 
Celebration 

The Grace Brethren Church, 1 
Wooster, Ohio, has announced a 
two-day commemoration of the foun- ' 
ding of their church. On Saturday, 
August 13, an open house will be 
held from 2 until 5 p.m. There will be 
booths and displays where the | 
history of the church will be traced, 
along with a brief service at 2:30 
p.m. Rev. Knute Larson will be the 
speaker on Sunday, August 14. ; 
Pastor Robert Fetterhoff, the staff 
and members of the church cordial- 
ly invite you to join with them on 

these two special days. 

i 

Kenneth Brown has accepted the ' 
call to become senior pastor of the 
East Side Grace Brethren Church, ' 
Columbus, OH. 

Mr. Brown had served as pastor of 
the Fairlawn Grace Brethren ; 
Church, Akron, OH. 

Winslow Thurston was ordained to 
the Christian ministry on Sunday, 
May 22, 1988. The service was held I 
in the Grace Brethren Church of ■ 
Lanham, MD. Pastor Russell Ogden 
officiated. 

Edward Lewis was given a 
unanimous call by the congregation 
of the Grace Brethren Church of Pom- 
pano Beach, FL, and was installed as 
full-time pastor on June 5, 1988. 
In a letter from Mr. Lewis, he states 
that the church is experiencing a 
real "revival in that three people ac- 
cepted Christ as Savior, eleven peo- 
ple joined the church and ten were 
baptized. God has been working in > 
a phenomenal way and we praise 
Him for it." 

Jeff Hoffard has accepted the call 
to become senior pastor of the con- 
gregation at the Grace Brethren 
Church, Leesburg, IN. 



HERALD/ July 15, IS 8 



FELLOWSHIP NEWS 



Rdditional Computers 
elp Grace Students 

Students in the college's 
business, computer science, math, 
and art departments, as well as 
seminary students studying church 
Administration, have access to new 
computers at Grace College, 
Winona Lake, IN. 

Twenty-one new IBM PS/2 Model 
j30 computers were installed last 
summer in the PC lab, and the art 
department has ordered three new 
,<\pple Macintosh II computers and 
Associated equipment for graphic 
arts classes. 

The new PS/2 lab is being fund- 
ed through gifts from alumni and 
pther donors, Business Prof. William 
Gordon said. He also indicated that 
additional gifts are needed to 
jachieve full funding of the project. 
Fhe Macintosh computers for 
graphic arts were provided through 
a $40,000 gift from the R.R. Don- 
helley & Sons Company. 
i Grace also is planning two other 
computer lab additions -- a second 
PC lab for the business, science, 
and mathematics departments and 
expansion of the education depart- 
ment's computer lab. 

Huaiyin, People's 
Republic of China 




Ruth Bell Graham shows her hus- 
band, evangelist Billy Graham, the 
Ihouse where she spent the first 17 
years of her life. She was the 
(daughter of Presbyterian Medical 
Missionary Surgeon Dr. L. Nelson 
Bell. Her former home and many 
other buildings, including the old 
hospital, are still standing. Huaiyin 
is located on the Grand Canal in 
Jiangsu Province. The hospital was 



built by the father of American 
novelist Pearl Buck. 

Several Chinese women who had 
worked at the hospital during Dr. 
Bell's days were present for a surprise 
visit with Ruth and her husband. 

Wheaton, Illinois 

Dr. Clyde W. Taylor, whose name 
was long synonymous with the 
ongoing work of evangelicals united 
in the cause of Christ, died Friday, 
June 3, 1988, at his home in Arnold, 
MD. He was 83. 

For more than 40 years, Dr. Taylor, 
known widely as "Mr. NAE," served 
evangelicals through their premier 
unifying organization, the National 
Association of Evangelicals (NAE). 
He also contributed significantly to 
the founding of both World Relief 
Corporation and the National 
Religious Broadcasters. 

Even after "retiring" in 1975, Dr. 
Taylor remained chairman of the 
U.S.A. World Evangelical Fellowship 
Committee, international represen- 
tative of the World Relief Corporation 
and member emeritus on NAE's 
Board of Administration. 

When asked why he spent so 
many years in sacrificial service 
when he could have quit for higher 
financial rewards elsewhere, Dr. 
Taylor responded, "I was a coward. 
I was afraid to get out of the Lord's 
will." 

A memorial fund has been 
established at the Clyde Taylor Chair 
of Missions at Ft. Wayne Bible Col- 
lege in Ft. Wayne, IN. 

Johnstown, PA 

A First Love Renewal was held at 
the Riverside Grace Brethren 
Church April 29-May 1. Over 74 
registered, including 16 pastors, and 
larger crowds were present on Sun- 
day to hear the Brethren 
Evangelistic Ministries teaching 
team of: Juan Isais, Ed Waken, Phil 
Guerena and Ron Thompson. 
Evangelist and musician Alan Read 
led the music and worship portion of 
the 20-hour seminar. A large group 
knelt at the altar in a service of con- 
secration and commitment. 




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Franks, formerly with Grace 
College, a gifted musician who 
was struck blind overnight. 
Author Toni Morehead shares 
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Jerry has learned to adjust 
to his physical limitations 
through his faith in God. This 
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EDITORIAL 




lb What Shall I Liken 
This Generation? I 



Jesus was always under the 
scrutiny of His distractors. He 
was also the keenest appraiser of 
His time. When confronted with 
questions of the times in which 
He lived upon the earth. He came 
up with an accurate evaluation of 
the generation of His time. He 
compared the people to children 
playing in the street and acting 
like -- children. Their depth of 
perception and understanding of 
life was missing. They were in- 
terested only in themselves. 

Times have not changed a 
great deal. Many commentators 
have described our generation as 
"The Give-Me Generation". Peo- 
ple today are interested only in 
themselves and what they can 
get out of life. Mankind has 
always been self-centered, so 
there is nothing new about all of 
this. 

There are several other labels 
I think fit this generation as neat- 
ly as a tailored suit. We could be 
labeled as "The Throw-Away 
Generation" and also "The Walk- 
Away Generation". "The Throw- 
Away Generation" because we 
are disposing of our traditional 
values as if they were leftovers or 
trash. "The Walk-Away Genera- 
tion" label also fits us because if 
we do not like something or the 
problem gets too big, we just 
walk away from our respon- 
sibilities. It matters little whether 
our responsibilities are marriage, 
job or finances, if the going gets 
tough, we get going. 

We are people who throw away 
things at unmatched levels. One 



by Charles W. Jiirner 



of the problems and opportunities 
of our age is what to do with our 
leftovers. Almost everything is 
made to be used once and tossed 
into the trash. The dilemma of 
what to do with the trash heap is 
producing a mammoth new in- 
dustry. Some of our trash is 
dangerous and will be for genera- 
tions, so we pay millions to find it 
a "safe" new home. The outstand- 
ing example of what to do with 
trash was the "New York Garbage 
Barge Cruise" of last year. It was 
hauled out to sea to seek a new 
home. It went on one of those 
deluxe cruises down the East 
Coast, around Florida and back 
home again. 

"The Throw-Away 

Generation" and 

"The Watte- Away 

Generation*' are 

labels that fit us as 

neatly as a tailored 

suit. 

The "Garbage Barge Cruise" 
was a vacation trip that most 
New Yorkers would have loved. 
Their garbage had the oppor- 
tunity to go at taxpayers' ex- 
pense on a cruise that most peo- 
ple will never afford. However, the 
trash came back home after 
"seeing" all of this lovely scenery. 
People can make all of this trash, 
but it is tough to find a final 
resting place for it. 



Sadly, life has also become so| 
common we literally throw it 
away. The result of abortions is ■ 
human beings consigned to theji 
trash barrels. We are throwing 
away our heritage as well as our 
knowledge of God. 

We have become a "Walk-Away 
Generation". If the marriage isn't ' 
going well, then walk away. If the 
job gets too tough, then leave. If 
the bills get too high, then walk ' 
away. Employers and even the 
church are having a difficult time 
finding those who will stick to 
the job and find solutions rather 
than taking a stroll. It is getting 
more difficult to find persons 
who will commit themselves to 
offices and responsibilities in the 
church. If there is a time conflict, 
one's personal pursuits come 
first and God and the Church can 
wait for a later day 

To label all of this generation 
as "Throw-Away" and "Walk- 
Away" is incorrect. There are 
those persons who are willing to 
put their responsibilities and 
their loyalty to God before their 
personal desires. More of these 
people are needed if we are to ac- 
complish the unfinished task of 
carrying the Gospel of Jesus 
Christ to a lost world. The 
harvest is ready; it is a time of 
call for laborers. 

We need to make select choices 
on our "Throw-Aways" and be 
certain to "Walk-Away" from the 
wrong things. M 



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Home Missions 

Robert W. Thompson 

Liz Cutler 
Women's Missionary Council 

Linda Unruh 
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Brethren Missionary 




Volume 50 No. 8 



August 15, 1988 




2 Editorial 

lb What Shall I 
Liken This 
Generation? 

Charles W. TUrner 

4 Devotional 

My Father's World 

Raeann Hart 
6 Foreign Missions 

Operation Lifeline 

8 Home Missions 

Some People Don't 
Want to Change 

Raymond W. Thompson 

10 Home Missions 

Making 
Compassion A 
Reality 

Don Buckingham 

11 Home Missions 

Worth the Wait 

Sam Baer 



12 BEM 

F.L.R. Feedback! 

14 WMC 

We Did It; 
So Can You! 

Betty Hall 

15 Fellowship News 

Growing in 
God's Garden 

Raeann Hart 

17 Wooster, OH 
Celebrates 50th 

18 Brethren Youth 
Celebrating 
50 Years! 

Raeann Hart 

22 Churches In Action 
One Church 
in Six Locations 

Pastor Jeff Thornley 



23 Churches In Action 

Church Planting 
Philosophy of 
Greater 
Washington GBC 



25 Churches In Action 
One School 
in Four Locations 



26 Grace Schools 
"There was 
nothing else to do 
but join my heart 
with His." 



30 Fellowship News 




ERALD/ August 15, 1988 



DEVOTIONAL 



My Father's World 



The Butterfly 

by Raeann Hart 
Behold the beauty of a butterfly on a 

warm and lazy afternoon. 
Briefly it lights on a golden flower 

ready to float away all too soon. 
I catch a glimpse of fragile loveliness, 

paper-thin wings that fly in the air. 
My eyes strive to hold the memory of the 

elegance that had just been there. 

It's so hard to imagine this beautiful 

creature was once an ugly worm. 
Eating my roses, devouring the tree leaves, 

avoiding the birds with a squirm. 
Selfishly crunching and munching, it 

demonstrates no charm and gives no pleasure. 
Only God can change a chubby caterpillar 

into a splendid creature. 

Lord, how often am I like that caterpillar 

seeing only my own needs? 
Instead of unselfishly soaring like a butterfly 

where Your great love leads. 
Dear Lord, help me to always remember 

Your love and Your Word have the power. 
To keep transforming this worm into Your 

butterfly 
day by day 
hour by hour. 



Our Safe Home 

How lovely is your dwelling place, 

O Lord Almighty! 
My soul yearns, even faints, 

for the courts of the Lord; 
my heart and my flesh cry out 

for the living God. 

Even the sparrow has found a home, 
and the swallow a nest for herself, 
where she may have her young - 

a place near your altar, 

O Lord Almighty, my King and my God. 
Blessed are those who dwell in your house; 
they are ever praising you. 

Psalm 84:1-4 NIV 



This Is My Father's World 

by Maltbie D. Babcock 
This is my Father's world, 

And to my list'ning ears. 

All nature sings, 

and round me rings 

The music of the spheres. 

This is my Father's world, 

I rest me in the thought 

Of rocks and trees, 

of skies and seas 

His hand the wonders wrought. 

This is my Father's world. 

The birds their carols raise. 
The morning light, 

the lily white. 

Declare their Maker's praise. 
This is my Father's world, 

He shines in all that's fair; 
In rustling grass 

I hear Him pass. 
He speaks to me ev'rywhere. 

This is my Father's world, 

O let me ne'er forget 
That though the wrong 

seems oft so strong, 
God is the Ruler yet. 
This is my Father's world. 

The battle is not done, 
Jesus who died 

shall be satisfied, 
And earth and heav'n be one. 

Dear Heavenly Father, 

You have given us such a beautiful world to enjoy. 
Help us to appreciate the wonders of your creation 
and be good stewards of Your bounty. Help us to care 
for the land you have given us and treat your crea- 
tion and your creatures with respect. 

Lord, help us to dwell in Your Word so that we may 
become unselfish people, soaring like butterflies, 
sharing the nectar of your Word and Your love with 
others. Keep us from feeding ourselves selfishly on 
the flesh of this world's pleasures and ignoring the 
plan you have for our lives. 

Lord, give us thankful hearts, appreciating your 
goodness and blessings and letting Your love flow 
through us into others. 



k.LD/ August 15, 1988 



FOREIGN MISSIONS 



How would your missionary spend his time if the GBFM home office did 1 
not exist? Deposit support checks in the bank. Develop a roll of film. Answer 
a pastor's phone call and schedule a speaking engagement for a missionary. 
UPS the Missionaries of the Year slide program to a WMC in Wooster, Ohio. 
Call a travel agent for a roundtrip ticket to Bangui. Contact several other 
agencies to compare prices. Get luggage restrictions. Call airline, get 
transferred five times, listen to eight minutes of elevator music, haggle through 
luggage restrictions and finally, compromise with airline representative Confirm 
reservations. Send a check for the tickets. Pick them up. Analyze cost of living 
and currency exchange rate in Portugal by determining the cost of housing, 
utilities, food, clothing, transportation, research taxes, fees, and duties. Interview 
a potential missionary to Japan. Shoot a passport picture. Choose background 
music for a slide tape. Negotiate the best traincar size shipping container. 
Contact past transport company. Discover they have gone out of business 
and search for another one. Contact a shipping company which ships to Africa. 
Work until three a.m. preparing shipping lists. Risk arrest when picking the latch 
of missionary's storage locker because the key was misplaced. Fret when the 
driver gets lost. Smile and pray when the trucker says he does not know what 
to do with the bill of lading which tells him where to deliver the container. 
Monthly calculate percentage changes in cost of living and currency, 
exchange. Write an article for Significant Times Magazine. Thank an 
exceptional giver. Send out preliminary application for missionary service in 
Brazil. Repair a tape recorder. Program a computer, input data, lose entire file 
and day's work, scream, pound and threaten computer. Receipt every 
personal gift. Locate <- ^ar for home ministries. Update address changes. File 




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amily photo for Southern Lancaster GBC. Study best 
i a retirement fund. Buy a slide projector. Record a 
olicate 240 copies, package, address, and send to 
ay on Spain for a missions conference at Northwest 
dence from the Philippines. Call the French Embassy 
Ion, complete forms, type a letter guaranteeing 
Ve photos, wait two weeks, repeat entire process 
ugh prayer requests sent from every country for 
mputer, send to printer to have them typeset, 
corrections, give the okay to print, fold 17,000 
ndividual envelopes, address each envelope, seal, add 
deliver to the post office. Write a missionary biography. Send 
a quarterly financial report to the Board. Search slide files to find photos for 
a brochure. This is what the home office team is all about— details. For 
every missionary GBFM sends to a foreign field, it costs approximately 
$2,325 yearly in home office staff expenses. Yet, when one contributes 
to missionary support, all of that money goes to the missionary and his 
expenses; none goes to the home office. Visualize the disappearance 
of the home office team. Get the picture? 



HERALD/ August 15, 193 



FOREIGN MISSIONS 



PUTTING IT INTO FOCUS 



■■ 



1 How is the home office 
team supported? 

The GBFM home office team is 
: supported only by undesignated 
' offerings and/or offerings specifically 
, marked GBFM general fund. 

When the mission was established 
in 1900, missionary support was 
! channeled directly through the 
1 mission's general fund. Churches did 
not want to localize their support for 
one or two missionary families, but 
wanted to support all missionaries in 
all fields. 

However, as the years passed and the 
number of missionaries increased, gifts 
to the general fund decreased because 
people gave more faithfully when they 
could give direct, personal support. As 
a result of this and a 1963 board de- 
cision, missionary support procedures 
were restructured. Missionaries would 
raise personal support; the general fund 
would cover home office expenses. 

How are funds in the 
home office used? 

Fourteen people work as home office 
staff members. Their salaries and 
benefits are included, plus office equip- 
ment, office rent and utilities, phone 
expenses, postage, office supplies, 
administrative travel, and costs for 
processing candidates- everything that 
keeps a business running efficiently. 



If the home office team 
helps the missionary 



minister more effec- 
tively, then why isn't a 
percentage taken out 
of the missionaries' 
support for the home 
office? 

Many mission boards follow this 
principle, but GBFM wants to assure its 
supporters that all monies designated 
for a particular missionary will go to 
him and his ministry. In addition, the 
missionary will not have to be burdened 
with increases in home office salaries 
and equipment. 



How large is the GBFM 
general fund deficit? 

At the present time, offerings are not 
meeting expenses. In 1987, the GBFM 
general fund had a $129,538 year end 
deficit. If general giving trends continue 
in 1988, the projected deficit will be 
$175,000 on December 31, 1988. In 
order to maintain the cash flow at the 
present time, we are having to borrow 
funds. 



How can you help? 

Our short-term goal is that 3,500 
individuals will give $50 over and 
above their present offering before 
December 31 to "Operation Lifeline". 
Our long-term goal is that churches will 
commit 10% of their missions budget 
to "Operation Lifeline" fund. 



Because tew 

churches and 

individuals 

committed 

support to the 

GBFM general 

fund in 1987, 

GBFM ended the 

year with a 

$130,000 deficit 

In fact, the home 

office has ended 

with a 

deficit every year 

since 1980. This 

has become a 

serious problem. 



The GBFM home office is the lifeline between 
the local church and its missionaries overseas, 
without you it cannot function. Let's work 
together to maintain the lifeline. Please 
your offering envelope OPERATION LIFELINE 
today. 




3.RALD/ August 15, 1988 



HOME MISSIONS 



Some People 
Don't Want to Change 



by Raymond W. Thompson 



"Mr. Thompson, do you realize that some peo- 
ple don't want to change their lives?" This ques- 
tion posed by Frederick, an intelligent young Nava- 
jo, summarizes the most difficult problem faced 
by the missionary. 

Frederick had been listening as I talked with his 
brother Don (not their real names) about the joys 
of allowing Jesus to be the Lord of his life. Don, 
a former student in my high school Bible class, had 
chosen to leave school and follow a course of willful 
sin against God and society. Previously, I had 
visited him in jail and had spoken to him about 
the direction his life was taking and its ultimate 
end. On this night, I was asked to pick him up at 
the hospital following treatment of injuries 
incurred in a drunken barroom brawl. 

"It's not the strain of overwork 

or the heat of battle from the 

opposition that undercuts the 

missionary's idealistic 

motivation." 

Now seemed an opportune time to remind Don 
again that there is a better way. His careless 
response brought forth Frederick's exclamation, 
together with a further declaration of his own feel- 
ings: "I don't want to be anybody's project!" 

"Ripened harvest fields? People eager to hear the 
Gospel?" Lord, why did you place me among peo- 
ple who don't care? This isn't what I expected. 

Do you have a heart for missions? Do you pray 
for missionaries? It's not the strain of overwork or 
the heat of battle from the opposition that under- 
cuts the missionary's idealistic motivation. 

Oswald Chambers clarifies the issue and en- 
courages us to keep going and to keep praying as 
he writes: "Jesus Christ is an offense to the . . . 
mind of today that does not want Him in any other 
way than as a Comrade. Our Lord's first priority 
of obedience was to the will of His Father, not to 
the needs of men; the saving of men was the 
natural outcome of His obedience to the Father. If 
I am devoted to the cause of humanity only, I will 
soon be exhausted and come to the place where 
my love will falter; but if I love Jesus Christ 



personally and passionately, I can serve humani- 
ty though men treat me as a doormat." [My Utmost 
for His Highest, Dodd Mead & Company, 1935) 

Jesus is our pattern for all service to God. First, 
He was obedient to the Father in everything He 
did. Second, He identified with the people in all 
their hurts and offered genuine understanding and 
help for their needs. Third, his objective was 
always to lead hurting people to life-changing faith 
in Himself. Fourth, His only reward was the 
Father's, "Well done", never the acclaim of people. 

The obedient missionary must equip himself to 
identify with the people among whom he labors, 
even as Christ became one with us. As a spiritual 
leader and counselor, he must know where his 
people are coming from and attempt to walk the 
stony path with them if he is going to gain a hear- 
ing. Work among the Navajo people provides a 
grand illustration. 

The missionary must have a sense of history. 
The white man has forgotten, or current genera- 
tions have not known, the tensions which lie below 
the surface as the Indian relates to the white man 
today. Whether or not the missionary's good news 
is accepted may depend more on historical factors 
over which he has no control than upon his per- 
sonal efforts. Unintended blunders in this area can 
prove disastrous. 

Unfortunately our white society, often motivated 
by politics, has endeavored to atone for past 
mistakes by providing programs involving the 
outlay of dollars without determining what 
genuine benefits to the Navajo society are to be 
achieved. Franklin Delano Roosevelt, in his 
message to Congress, January 4, 1935, said, "Con- 
tinued dependence upon relief includes a spiritual 
and moral disintegration fundamentally destruc- 
tive to the natural fiber. To dole out relief in this 
way is to administer a narcotic, a subtle destroyei 
of the human spirit." 

With great love and tenderness for these people 
among whom we have lived for almost eight years 
I must say that we have witnessed a high degree 
of this destruction of the human spirit aboul 
which President Roosevelt warned. We have found 
Navajos to possess good intellectual potential, ex 
ceptional artistic talent, great mechanical ability 
and physical hardiness which elicits admiration 



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HERALD/ August 15, 1 



HOME MISSIONS 



But with these outstanding qualities there is a cer- 
tain acceptance of things as they are, a lack of con- 
cern to make their world a better place, a weakness 
of spirit which prefers to look back on the days of 
tribal greatness rather than driving toward future 
excellence. 

"The obedient missionary 
must equip himself to identify 
with the people among whom 

he labors, even as Christ 
became one with us/* 

It appears that the paternalistic spirit of our 
government, which dispenses with one hand while 
imposing control with the other, has broken the 
spirit of these once-proud people to the point where 
a talented, intelligent young man who should be 
completing professional graduate school, will look 
me in the eye and say, "Do you realize that some 
people don't want to change?" And that is how we 
see him frequently - apathetically existing without 
any effort to improve himself. 

Reading through several issues of the Navajo 
Nation newspaper, Navajo Times, is an enlighten- 
ing experience. The levels of concern do not deal 
with great projects of which they are capable, or 
the inspiring contributions they plan to make to 
their world, even beyond the reservation. Rather 
there is a continual clamor, from the top leader- 
ship to the lowest grass roots, to make certain that 
their voice is heard at every political level so they 
won't miss out on any piece of pie that is available 
from government relief programs. Certainly 
Navajos deserve just treatment by governmental 
agencies, but they are missing the greatness of 
which they are capable as they sit and wait for 
benefits to be handed to them. 

Of greater concern than the socio-economic 
needs of these gifted but impoverished folk, we see 
above all else a spiritual lack which is pervasive 
-- people clinging to the "Old Way" ceremonies and 
acknowledgement of spirits which do not meet 
their needs, but offer one last thread of continuity 
to the lost glories of a by-gone day. Perhaps it was 
fear that caused a Navajo family to buy the 
medicine man's services until it was too late for the 
surgeon to help as a young mother died of 
peritonitis, devastating a large family. Perhaps 
more than fear, is the reluctance to give away more 
"sacred ground" to the white man's ways. Again 
the word comes, "Don't you realize some people 
don't want to change?" 

But change is the only answer the white mis- 
sionary has to offer the Navajo. Not change to the 
white man's way, but a change which is beyonc 
human culture, and announced by Jesus to 



Nicodemus in the words, 'Tou musl be born 
again." Born of God - born to His eternal life. On- 
ly then can wounded spirits be healed and the im- 
age of God in Navajo people be restored. 

Missionary-hearted reader, pray for God's 
messengers to Navajoland. We live here, but we 
have not broken through the walls surrounding 
many of these precious people's hearts. Near, but 
so far away, they can't hear us. 




Ray Thompson and his wife, Mary, complete 
eight years of ministry among the Navajo Indians 
(his month when they retire and move to Winona 
Lake. IN. They have been a vital part in the day- 
to-day operation of Grace Brethren Navajo 
Ministries. Counselor. NM. since WHO. lie has 
worked with church planting and she has developd 
brochures and other promotional material, in- 
cluding writing and editing the quarterly publica- 
tion. Desert Rain. 



Graduation 

Two Navajo PK's (pastor's kids) graduated from 
Grace Brethren Navajo High School this spring. 
Pictured are Sandra Butler with her parents. Tully 
and Mary Butler, of the Cedar Hill (NM) Grace 
Brethren Church, and Lorraine Trujillo with her 
parents, John and Nora Trujillo, of the Red Lake 
(AZ) Grace Brethren Church. 




Lorraine, John and Nora Trujillo 




Sandra, Tully and Mary Butler 



ERALD/ August 15, 1988 



HOME MISSIONS 




Making Compassion 

A Reality 



by Don Buckingham 



In II Corinthians, God's Word declares the 
fascinating result of Christ's compassion in the life 
of every child of God. Here we learn that the love 
of Christ changes the way we LIVE in the world 
and the way we LOOK at the world. 

"For the love of Christ constrains us, because 
we judge thus: that If One died for all. then all 
died; and He died for all. that those who live 
should live no longer for themselves, but for Him 
who died for them and rose again. Therefore, 
from now on, we regard no one according to the 
flesh, yet now we know Him thus no longer. 
Therefore, If anyone is in Christ, he is a new crea- 
tion; old things have passed away; behold, all 
things have become new." (II Corinthians 5:14-17, 
New King James Version) 

Accompanying the theme of the Fellowship of 
Grace Brethren Churches National Conference, "A 
Call to Compassion," this passage tells how the 
compassion of Christ can become a practical reali- 
ty in every heart. 

Notice first the love of Christ changes the way 
we LIVE in the world. The love of Jesus was a liv- 
ing reality in the apostle Paul's heart and it had 
a radical impact on the way he lived. He describes 
it as constraining, compelling, controlling, 
dominating, directing, pressing in on every side, 
even forming the very perimeter for his daily liv- 
ing! It gripped him in such a way that it held him 
to the task that God set before him - the steward- 
ship of the Great Commission. What was true for 
Paul in his day remains true for you and me today. 
The love of Christ is still on display in the world, 
for Romans 5:8 says "God demonstrates (ongoing 
action, even to the present hour) His own love 
toward us in that while we were still sinners, 
Christ died for us." The compassion Christ 
demonstrated in His death is still powerful to con- 
vict sinners and change them into sons of God. 
Just as the love of Christ constrains, it also com- 
pels. When a river runs outside its natural boun- 
daries, it dissipates into a swamp. But a river under 
constraint rushes forward with explosive power! 
Even so, the love of Christ which constrains our 
life's plans also compels our life's priorities to (1) 
a crucial commitment in living for the Lord; (2) a 
complete consecration inbecoming like the Lord; 
and (3) a compassionate compliance in serving the 



Lord. All that Jesus commands then genuinely 
becomes our first concern. 

The love of Christ holds us captive to the fact 
that God chose us, as sinners, to become his own 
dear children and He sacrificed Himself to pay for 
our sins. God has set us apart as His adopted sons, 
elevating us to the high position and privilege 
allowed by such a relationship. In Christ, each 
child is a co-heir of "all things in heaven and earth" 
over which the Lord rules. Following the example 
of Jesus, the Son of God, we are also called to con- 
descend, to step down, from our place of privilege. 
We are to set aside, for a time, the pleasure of son- 
ship and serve our heavenly father as stewards in 
obedience to the Great Commission of Christ. Like 
Jesus, who ". . . did not come to be served, but 
to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many" 
(Mark 10:45). we are all called by God as obedient 
sons into sacrificial service! 

The compassion Christ 

demonstrated in His death is 

still powerful enough to 

convict sinners and change 

them into sons of God, 

Second, let us learn that the love of Christ 
changes the way we LOOK at the world. Following 
his own conversion, the apostle Paul looked at 
everything and everyone through the spectacles of 
salvation, glasses tinted by the good news of the 
Gospel! In the same way, today, the love of Christ i 
causes us to look at the world differently and 
changes our standards for evaluating the worth of 
every individual. No longer is a man or woman's 
beauty, intelligence, abilities, wealth, or power the 
measure of human worth. Because Christ died for 
us while we were still sinners, we do not neglect i 
either the unlovely or the unlearned, the handi- ! 
capped or the helpless. 

When we see others through the love of Christ. 
"we regard no one according to the flesh." There 
is a story of a young soldier who telephoned his 
parents after his discharge from military service 
in Vietnam. He asked if he could bring a badly 
wounded buddy home with him. He explained 



10 



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HOME MISSIONS 



that the soldier had severe handicaps -- the loss 
of an eye, a leg, and an arm. After a long pause, 
his parents begrudgingly granted permission for 

j the wounded man to stay with their family until 
more suitable care could be arranged elsewhere. 

' Two days later the parents received the tragic news 
that their son had plunged to his death from a 
hotel window. When his body arrived for burial, 
you can imagine their shock when they learned 
he had been the one wounded in battle and was 
returning home with only one eye, one arm, and 
one leg. 

Brethren, Christ did not reach out to us in such 
a manner. With unreserved compassion He looked 
upon our sin sick condition and with unrestrained 
commitment He gave Himself as the substitute 
receiving full penalty for our sin. When we look at 
the lost, like Christ, we have compassion. When we 
are confronted with the sinful conflict or the cultures 
of people different from ourselves, neither our 
selfishness nor our sensibilities should obstruct us 
from preaching the gospel to every creature. 

Our uplook determines our outlook! Paul's 
perspective, the way he looked at life, was changed 
by the way he looked at both the person and the 
program of Jesus Christ. Because of Christ, we see 
life as a process of changing from the man we once 



were to the man we are becoming. As children of 
God, we are part of the created order Jesus 
inaugurated by His death and resurrection. Not on- 
ly has the power of Christ reconciled us to God, 
but His compassion is in the process of restoring 
all the brokenness caused by sin in this world. We 
are part of a new creation where old things have 
passed away and all things have become new in 
Christ. 

The compassion of Christ changes the way we 
LIVE in the world and the way we LOOK at the 
world. Jesus calls the brethren to reflect His 
likeness before the watching world. If we have been 
born again into Jesus' new created order, if we are 
his disciples and are actually becoming Christ-like, 
then the love of Christ is what we are and the com- 
passion is what we are all about! 




Don Buckingham is planting a Grace Brethren 
Church in Lafayelte. 7/V. He and his wife. Gay Lynn, 
have two sons. 



Worth the Wait 



During our first year of ministry at Dryhill, KY, 
we invited Marvin Lowery, former pastor of the 
Victory Mountain Grace Brethren Church, to 
speak during a special anniversary service. My 
wife, Betty, and Sally Jane Begley, who has been 
part of the church since the beginning, invited 
Golia and Reggie Begley to attend. 

Golia remembered Pastor Lowery so he and his 
wife came for that September, 1979 service. Betty 
and Sally Jane continued to invite them to attend 
regular services and they began to regularly attend 
in February, 1980. 

Several times over the years, I would present the 
plan of salvation to Golia, but he wasn't ready to 
make a commitment. Often, I would repeat the sin- 
ner's prayer, hoping that Golia would follow, but 
he didn't. Yet he and Reggie and their growing 
family faithfully attended our church each 
Sunday. 

The pressures began to mount in Golia's life. He 
and Reggie began to teach their three children at 
home, his blood pressure increased despite a strict 
diet, his mother and a close friend both died. It all 
came to a head one September Saturday as he was 
driving to nearby Hyden. Everything seemed to 
pressing in. He turned his truck around and 

SRALD/ August 15, 1988 



by Sam Baer 

headed home. That started an eight-hour discus- 
sion with his wife. Finally, at 11 p.m., Golia sur- 
rendered his life to God. 

The next morning, they came to church as 
usual. At the close of Sunday School, he handed 
me the tract our church uses entitled "How to Get 
to Heaven from Dryhill, KY." I opened it and there 
on the bottom right corner, after the sinner's 
prayer, was Golia's name, signed in full. When I 
looked up, he had tears in his eyes. "It's about 
time," he said. 

Golia came forward that morning to make a 
public profession of faith. The next week, I 
baptized him in the Kentucky Middle Fork River. 

Since then, Golia has been an active part ot the 
Victory Mountain Grace Brethren Chapel. He in- 
vites others to attend, has been involved in the 
building program, and meets with me for 
discipleship. 

During those long years, we often wondered U 
we would see Golia accept Christ. We prayed 
faithfully for him and asked others to do likewise. 
When it finally happened, it seemed like a dream. 
What a thrill to see this Christian family growing 
in God's grace weekly. Thank God for answered 
prayer. 



11 



BRETHREN EVANGELISTIC MINISTRIES 



F.L.R. FEEDBACK! 

Since the inauguration of First Love Renewals in our 
fellowship in 1987, approximately forty FGBC pastors have 
attended. Registrants are given an opportunity to evaluate 
the seminar and offer constructive criticism. The positive 
response has been overwhelming. Here is what some of our 
pastors are saying: 



"Since 1985 each of our moderators has pled 
for revival in our Fellowship of Churches. The 
need now is even greater for a renewal of our first 
love for Christ. The emphasis ofB.E.M. is time- 
ly. It is practical, challenging, inspirational and 
informative. It was a very refreshing spiritual ex- 
perience for me." - Dr. Lester E. Pifer 



"I have been to many soul-winning seminars, 
but while they were beneficial, they cannot be 
compared to the First Love Renewal I was privi- 
leged to attend at Johnstown, PA. I will not be 
satisfied until every member of North Buffalo 
Grace Brethren is exposed to it. As afellowship, we 
need to show B.E.M. that we are 100% behind this 
program. I will never be the same since attend- 
ing First Love Renewal. It has already made my 
ministry more productive." -- Bob Burns 



"The principles taught are Scriptural, leaving 
no excuse. My first love was renewed by the Spirit 
of God through the music, messages, and the 
realization that it is the Holy Spirit Who ar- 
ranges, creates, and activates the witness. Guilt 
and fear of failure are gone and joy has 
returned. F.L.R. is the answer to the great need 
among GBC Fellowship." -- Robert Markley 



"First Love Renewal was a blessing and 
challenge to me, especially Juan Isais and his 
staff. Their vision and heartbeat for God and our 
fellowship is crucial. We need their commitment 
and concern." - Steve Jarrell 



"... I am praising God for the blessings of 'First 
Love Renewal' It has proved to be great and we 
are seeing the results in our services. In the past 
month we have taken in 13 new members, bap- 
tized 8, with 2 first-time decisions. We have been 
using many of the suggestions and ideas received 
at the meeting in St. Petersburg."- Edward Lewis 



"I think one of the greatest blessings of the 
First Love Renewal Seminars is that it 
encourages the believer to follow the admonition 
of II Timothy 1:6 and II Peter 1:13 and 3:1 to 'stir 
up' the gifts they have. It is not a new progam oj 
evangelism." Dr. J. Keith Altig 



"It is a firm conviction of mine that our 
Fellowship needs desperately to evaluate our first 
love. It is not a matter of programs (although there 
is a place for them) that will change our churches, 
but a change of heart in our people that will 
change our churches. F.L.R. is a tremendous tool 
for heart change. All of our churches should con- 
sider it. F.L.R. frees people to share Christ in a 
guilt-free atmosphere. It draws our attention to i 
Christ and His power in our lives. The heartbeat 
of F.L.R. is compassion for the lost and is that not 
one of God's heartbeats?" - Randy Weekley 



"Three of us from our church attended the' 
recent First Love Renewal at Johnstown, PA. It 
was better than we expected. We want to imple- 
ment the emphasis on evangelism by the whole 
congregation, and also upgrade our music pro- 
gram to encourage worship and more involve- 
ment." - J. Vernon Harris 



"First Love Renewal is different. It is not 
a system to sell the Gospel, but a simple 
approach to sharing the Gospel in an appealing 
way. It frees you to witness naturally and with 
ease. My advice ~ attend one if it is anywhere 
near you." - Ralph Wiley 



A "sampling" of what is involved in F.L.R. will 
be offered at the Christian Education Convention, 
August 4, at Palm Desert, California. 



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13 



WOMEN'S MISSIONARY COUNCI1 



We Did It; So Can You! 



How does a WMC National 
Literature Secretary move from 
Winona Lake, Indiana to Florida 
and survive without WMC? 
There was no local WMC and no 
District WMC and the one thing 
I missed most was WMC. The 
local Baptist women's organiza- 
tion couldn't compare to our 
WMC. A year later, when our 
Grace Brethren Church was 
organized, I was ready to shout: 
"now we can have WMC again." 
And we did. Our WMC was 
organized almost immediately. 
Since the start WMC has been 
important to our ladies. 

We like it because we place 
special emphasis upon missions: 
learning about our missionaries, 
writing letters to them, em- 
phasizing our missionaries of the 
year, praying for them in- 
dividually and truly making it a 
W Missionary C. 

When the group is small, we 
have found that it works best for 
one person to assume the 
responsibility of all the business 
details and plan the meetings, 
another person taking the year's 
Bible studies and another the 
missions emphasis. That way it's 
always planned and each carries 
thru on her part. The yearly pro- 
gram packet is a must for small 
groups wanting to have a truly 
great WMC. Add to the program 
packet an enthusiastic leader 
who is a promoter and also keeps 
the meetings within a 2 hour 
limit (including refreshment 



Mount Climbing 
1987-88 Giving 

Fourth Quarter 
National Project 
WMC Expenses 
National Goal 

$8,000 

Memory Passage ■■ 

Matthew 5:3-12 



by Betty Hall 

Florida Suncoast District President 



time) plus a dedicated Bible study 
leader and missions chairman, it 
won't fail. It's fun to see 
neighborhood women, who are 
not Grace Brethren being faithful 
to our WMC and participating too. 
Then - it was District Con- 
ference time. Imagine my let- 
down feeling to go to District 
Conference with no WMC on the 
agenda. What to do? Just keep 
thinking WMC and not become 
discouraged. We asked for a time 
slot on the next District Con- 
ference schedule, received the 
time and we were off and run- 
ning, slowly at first but picking 




Bradenton WMC, July 1987 

up momentum as we go along. 
It's been exciting to see the ladies 
in the district respond to the pro- 
jects presented and having mis- 
sionary speakers that the Lord 
has provided. In the district our 



meetings may not meet the stan- 
dard some of us were accustomed 
to in the past, but we can adjust! 
We've been incorporating a special 
feature in our district meetings (a 
result of the president being in- 
volved with another Christian 
organization doing this). The 
women have enjoyed the few min- 
utes it takes and it makes WMC . 
interesting instead of boring. 

Last fall, at our Saturday morn- 
ing rally, the ladies at St. 
Petersburg provided a lovely 
brunch. We had a special feature 
demonstration of how to make a 
potpourri flower hanger. Our mis- 
sionary speaker was Mrs. James 
Belton who was leaving for Ger- 
many the next day and our pro- 
ject offering was given to her. It 
was an exciting District WMC and 
was over by 12 noon. 

At the spring District Con- 
ference WMC, we had a special 
feature of a "Spring Hat Parade," 
a sight to behold! Some com- 
ments were "if I'd known it was 
going to be this much fun, I would 
have decorated a hat too." 

To those of you wishing you had 
a WMC or new life in your old one 
- just be enthusiastic, ask the 
Lord to give you a great WMC, 
start with a few faithful women, 
forget the past and press forward. 



Potpourri Flower Hanger 

You will need: 

• 1 Flexi-hoop 4" (come in dif- 

ferent sizes) 

• 1 - 18" length of gathered lace 
or eyelet 



• 2 pieces (6"x 6") of lace 

• 1 /2 oz. potpourri 

• Small silk flowers & ribbon (for 
flower arrangement) 



Place 1 piece of lace on top of the inside ring of the Flexi-hoop. Fill the 
lace inside the ring with potpourri. Place the second piece of lace on top 
and fit the outside ring of the Flexi-hoop down over the lace and inside ring. 

Cut off the excess lace around the back edge. 

Place glue on back side of Flexi-hoop ring. 

Starting at top center on under side of hoop, place gathered lace over glue 
around edge overlapping slightly at top. 

Make small flower arrangement with flowers and ribbon. 

Hang in bath, kitchen, nursery or where ever and enjoy. 

Have fun making yours! 
Betty 



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FELLOWSHIP NEWS 



~7f 



Growing 
in God's Garden 



How do you teach young people to want to learn 
about and cultivate the fruits of the spirit: love, joy, 
peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 
gentleness and self-control? The Vacation Bible 
School at the Winona Lake Grace Brethren Church 
successfully accomplished this spiritual mission. 

The Saturday preceding Vacation Bible School, 
a parade with a fire engine, decorated bicycles, 
pets, children and police car got attention. 
Youngsters and adults passed out literature 
throughout Winona Lake. Indiana inviting people 
to attend VBS. Those who followed the parade 
arrived at the church for VBS pre-registration. 

Of course, the work had begun months before. In 
January, directors Becky Gehrke and Janice 
Workman established the theme, began contacting 
workers and Janice began writing the curriculum. 
Craft directors Jane Clemens and Rhonda Raber 
began selecting and preparing crafts that would em- 
phasize each day's lesson. Joel Giles (now a pastor 
in Illinois) wrote the theme song, "Growing in God's 
Garden" and Becky's mother, Ruth Burns, created 




The Hobert Family, Missionaries to France 

"fruit" costumes for the two directors to wear dur- 
ing VBS week. A meeting was held every mon 
from January through June with all of the director 
and superintendents. Members of the church and 
women who live in Grace Village helped prep 



by Raeann Hart 




A parade welcomed visitors. 

crafts, bake cookies and donate items for the "store." 

More than 300 children attended VBS and there 
were over 100 workers which made this a very 
organized and effective week of growth. Opening 
exercises were really exciting. The Indiana Prune, 
(a midwest version of the California Raisin) good- 
humoredly portrayed by Willa Henry, led the 
assembly time. One day she rode into the sanc- 
tuary on a scooter to the background synthesizer 
music of "I Heard it Through the Grapevine" with 
real prunes on her ears as earrings. Mrs. Henry 
kept the children's rapt attention and introduced 
the special guests: Pastor Charles Ashman, who 
performed a magic act. and missionary family 
Dave, Susie, Ryan. Julie and Emily Hobert. 

The Hobert "family helped the young people 
learn more about the mission field and taught 
them songs in French. Many of the students 
remembered to tell their parents "I love you" in 
French later in the day. The VBS offerings were 
used to purchase flannelgraph materials for the 
Hobert's ministry in France. 

During assembly time the children heard the 
main Bible story and were entertained by a pup- 
pet team which presented songs which stressed 
the theme for the day. 

After opening exercises, the children had activity 
time or snacks, worked on crafts or memory work 
or had a practical application lesson in their 
classrooms. All of the practical application stones 
were written or chosen for each age group by Janice 



1PRALD/ August 15, 1988 



15 



FELLOWSHIP NEWS 



Workman to underscore the day's Bible lesson. 

Memory work had a strong significance during 
the week. A team of 18 worked with director Jody 
Hamman with an average of 14 workers every day. 
To keep a "fresh" atmosphere. Bible memorization 
was held outside on the lawn. Each age group had 
several different sections of verses that could be 
memorized. The child memorized all the verses in 
section one before he or she could go on to the next 
section. Ambitious youngsters who memorized all 




Lessons encouraged growth. 



four sections by Wednesday were given bonus 
verses. The teachers used different methods for en- 
couraging memorization including chalkboards 
and verses written on cards or illustrated with pic- 
tures. At the end of the week the youngsters were 
able to go to the "store" for a shopping trip. 
Children who had memorized all of the verses in 
the first section were able to choose a gift from 
table one which was filled with candy. Each table 
had more valuable gifts than the one before and 
the children received a nice reward for their 
memory work. Some of the incentives were 
donated by members of the congregation and 
others were purchased. The children also learned 
to sing the fruits of the spirit verse (Gal. 5:22, 23) 
to the tune of "I Heard it Through the Grapevine" 





The Indiana Prune 



(rewritten by Sue Michaels) which helped this im- 
portant verse stick in their minds. 

All of the crafts emphasized the lesson for the day. 
For example, on the first day, one class made 
decorated cloth bags. Each child colored a picture 
of his or her favorite fruits and the teacher helped 
them write their name in fabric paint on a cloth bag 




Bible memorization had a high priority. 



Above all, God's love was shared. 

with handles. That evening the teachers trans- 1 
ferred each child's picture to his bag by ironing.. 
If the craft itself did not emphasize the fruit of the , 
spirit, working on it did. The older children tackled 
patience while they were learning to create crosses 
with match sticks! All of the crafts were unique 
and interesting. 

Ten first time decisions for the Lord were made 
during the week. 

A closing program was held on Friday evening: 
to give parents a glimpse into the exciting ac- 
tivities of the week. Children and parents viewed 
a slide presentation showing highlights from the. 
past week, were entertained by the puppets, and 
all were motivated to practice the fruits of the 
spirit. The 1988 Vacation Bible School in Winona! 
Lake, Indiana certainly encouraged everyone toi 
Grow in God's Garden. 

Photographs by Cheryl Burtoft < 



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HERALD/ August 15, 11. '8 




ajgust 1988 



Training and Encouraging Church Leadership 



Volume 2 Number 4 



On The Road To 
Europe 



CE's Euro-Missions In- 
stitute has become a 
guidepost along the path 
of perspective mis- 
sionaries to Europe. 

Phil Steele believed God was 
leading him to be a 
missionary to England, but 
wanted a final affirmation. 
Patty Morris had been to 
France before as a CE TIME worker, 
but now had a hurdle of questions to 
cross before returning as a career 
missionary. Chris Nord believed 
God was calling him to missions and 
sought confirmation from others. 

These current Grace Brethren mis- 
sionaries joined 27 other mission- 
minded people at CE's first Euro-Mis- 
sions Institute. It was the summer of 
1982 and the primary goal for all the 
attenders was to determine if God was 
leading them to European missions. 
Of the 27 charter participants, seven 
would later return as Grace Brethren 
career missionaries. 

During the past six years, 136 
people have attended this four-week 
missions institute. Twenty-four have 
since returned as career missionaries 
or are appointees. Others are still 
praying about their futures. Many 
more have been led to stay in the states 
and be stronger church leaders at 
home. 

In 1988, the names are Kip Cone, 



Annette Miller, Dan and Kristen 
Rudat, Brian Weaver, and 18 other 
EMI participants. At some later date, 
the impact of EMI will be better evi- 
dent in their lives. 

An idea conceived by missionaries 
and sponsored by the national CE of- 
fice, the Euro-Missions Institute offers 
participants a thorough investigation 
of Grace Brethren European missions. 
The first two weeks of the program is 
spent at the Chateau de St. Albain, 
France for intensive instruction in mis- 
sions strategy. The remaining two 
weeks pairs participants with mis- 
sionaries for a hands-on exposure to 
the mission field of their choice. At 
the conclusion of the four weeks, EMI 
attenders receive personal evaluations 
from missionaries and are counseled 
with goals to work on in preparation 
for future ministries. 

During its six year his- 
tory, 136 people have at- 
tended CE's Euro-Mis- 
sions Institute. Twenty- 
four have returned as 
career missionaries. 



The European missions team sees 
EMI as an answer to their prayer for 
more workers in the harvest. "EMI is 
the best thing we've got going to help 
others see the needs of Europe," says 
one career missionary. Although it 




Twenty-three people participated in 
CE's Euro-Missions Institute, held 
May 26-June 23, 1988. 

breaks into their ministry activities for 
a full month-and then longer with 
preparation time-the European mis- 
sionaries realize EMI is a needed ex- 
perience to help people make good 
decisions about career missions. 

Grace Brethren European Chris- 
tians also look forward to EMI. They 
see these attenders as potential mis- 
sionaries and anticipate the benefits of 
more workers committed to evangeliz- 
ing Europe. 

For the 23 people who participated 
in CE's 1988 EMI, the coming months 
and years will be given to prayer, 
evaluation, and growth When the in- 
stitute ended on June 23, their work 
had just begun. For many, these at- 
tenders returned home with goals for 
personal and spiritual growth, and a 
road map for how to return as career 
missionaries. 

The next Euro-Missions Institute is 
scheduled for the summer of 1990. 




SMM Video Now 
Available 

A sixty-minute preview video is 
now available for SMM leaders. The 
video describes the curriculum and 
materials for 1988-89 and discusses 
the strategy of this girls' program. The 
video features Chery Otermat, Ellen 
Jones, Jean Snell, and Jackie Schram. 
Local church SMM leaders should 
contact their district coordinator to 
schedule the VHS video. 

National CE Sunday 

September 25, 1988, has been 
named "National CE Sunday" for the 
Fellowship of Grace Brethren Chur- 
ches. The special Sunday is selected 
to promote the ministries of GBC 
Christian Education. A 10-minute 
slide-tape is available to churches 
along with free bulletin inserts. An 
information packet has been mailed to 
all Grace Brethren churches. 



TIME Team To Mexico 
Experiences Miracle 

For the eleven-member TIME team 
heading to Mexico, reaching the finan- 
cial support levels to send the team was 
more than a small miracle. Just weeks 
prior to their departure on July 1 , it was 
questionable whether the team would 
be able to leave for their ministry. Al- 
most half of the team had financial 
shortages which jeopardized the min- 
istry of the entire team. 

Then . . . God intervened. Cir- 
cumstances changed and the team was 
able to leave as planned. 

Ministering from July 1-July 30, the 
team was involved in literature distribu- 
tion, drama, puppets, athletics, music, 
sharing of testimonies, and children's 
and youth ministries. Led by Scott 
Miles, youth pastor at the Akron, OH, 
Fairlawn GBC, the team served with 
missionary Tom Sharp at the Mexico 
border and in Mexico City. 

In addition to the missions ex- 
perience, the team also learned to live 
by faith, trusting God for their finan- 
cial needs. 



You Said It... 



1988 National CE Offering Update 



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May and June offerings were 25% over a year ago! Yet, offerings for 
the first six months are 6% behind 1987 giving and $16,000 short of the budget 
need. Consistent prayer is needed as we enter the final stretch of 1988 giving. 



Thank you for all you do. I'm pray- 
ing that Brethren National Youth Con- 
ference will reach a lot of kids this sum- 
mer. Because of the influence of past 
BNYC's and my local church, I will 
be serving in France this summer at the 
Chateau under the TIME program. 
Have a wonderful summer! 

Lisa Landis 

Columbus, Ohio 

This will be the 12th National 
Youth Conference I have attended as 
a high school student, college student, 
and now as a staff member of the con- 
ference. It has played an important 
role in my commitment to Jesus Christ. 
Conference has really changed 
since the first year I attended (1971) 
when maybe 400 people were in atten- 
dance and the cost was $75. One thing 
has not changed though-the commit- 
ment of the conference to see lives of 
young people encouraged, motivated, 
and energized to give Jesus Christ first 
place in their lives. Without Brethren 
National Youth Conference, I very 
well might not be where I am today ... 
for it was there that I began to want to 
have an impact on young lives for Jesus 
Christ as I saw modeled by the adults 
who served on the BNYC staff. 
Dave Rank, youth pastor 
Myerstown, Pennsylvania 

Thanks for all the good work yot 
are doing! It is great to have sud 
quality resources available to us. 

Bob Kulp 

Everett, Pennsylvania 

Thank you so much for all your ef 
forts to offer such a terrific conferena 
for our young people. My husband a« 
I really appreciate it! 

Mrs. David Gleason 
Uniontown, Pennsylvania 



Ministry Tips 




[elps for Nursery 

ttendants 

Greet parents 
warmly . . . 
their child 
is their most 
valuable 
possession. 
They will 
feel more 
comfortable 
leaving 

their baby with someone who is 
friendly. 

Use masking tape to mark all 
diapers (loose), bags, bottles, 
pacifiers, etc. that are not already 
labeled. 

Keep diaper bags off floors .- 
Babies may get into medicines, 
lotions, pins, etc. 
Give babies proper support when 
picking them up and holding 
them, especially the head and 
back. 

Do not raise babies over your head 
or "clown" with them in any 
rough manner, even though you 
may see their parents do this on 
other occasions. 

Never allow a baby to cry exces- 
sively without contacting its 
parents. No parent should come 
to the nursery at the conclusion 
of a service and find their baby 
hot, sweaty, and exhausted from 
crying for a half-hour. 

elt-Need Evangelism 

cently a church in Texas 
iponded to the needs of public 
100I teachers. Not too long ago the 
ite required teachers to pass com- 
Jhensive tests for teaching. This 



church-not a mega-churcb-invited 
an education professor from a Chris- 
tian college to come for a Saturday 
prep-seminar for the upcoming test. 
Close to 300 teachers attended. The 
pastor introduced the speaker and at 
the close of the seminar shared his 
concerns for the community and the 
teachers. Following a brief Gospel 
explanation, 12 people accepted 
Christ. Does the strategy sound 
familiar? Dr. John Davis, president 
of Grace Schools, does it with fisher- 
men. What are other community 
needs you could help meet or inter- 
ests you could address? 

Seven Application 
Questions for Devotions 

1. Is there an example for me to fol- 
low? 

2. Is there a sin for me to avoid? 

3. Is there a command for me to 
obey? 

4. Is there an unconditional promise 
for me to claim? 

5. What does this particular passage 
teach me about God or about 
Jesus Christ? 

6. Is there a difficulty for me to ex- 
plore? 

7. Is there something in this passage 
I should pray about today? 

Spontaneous Teaching 

Deuteronomy 6:6-7 says "And these 
words, which I am commanding you 
today, shall be on your heart; and 
you shall teach them [structured, 
planned teaching] diligendy to your 
sons, and shall talk of them [spon- 
taneous, life-related] when you sit in 
your house and when you walk by 
the way and when you he down and 
when you rise up." Here are some 
suggestions about possibilities for 
spontaneous teaching: 

• When you pay your bills-talk about 
obligations to others and how the 
laborer is worthy of his hire. 

• When you give offerings-explain 
the procedure and encourage kids to 
give their own offerings. 



' Achievements of the children-cer- 
tainly a time to give credit to God 
and to thank Him as well as to praise 
and encourage the child. 

• When it's morning and no one wants 
to get up-talk about self-discipline 
(then get up!). 

1 Television-a great way to teach! 
When you watch something 
together, talk about what would 
have been different if this or that 
person had been a Christian. Of 
course, be careful what you watch- 
abstinence from certain programs is 
a great teaching method! 




Downtown Rendezvous 

Go to a motel overnight with your 
wife just for variety and fun. Leave 
the kids at home and treat her to a night 
on the town-downtown in your city. 

Self-Less 
Esteem 

1. When was 
the last 
time you 
thought 
about 
helping 
someone 
in need? Did you follow through 
with your good intentions? 

2. Why not visit a shut-in this week 
or someone who is unable to be 
at church for some reason? 

3. Encourage your pastor and ask him 
if there is somebody in the hospi- 
tal or new folks you could visit. 

4. Do you have a ministry to people? 
If not, why not get into one as 
soon as possible? 




75 Years And Still Serving! 




We've come a long way in 75 years! This SMM picture was taken in 1921 at national conference in Winona Lake, 
Indiana. 



Perhaps you've seen the 
billboards this summer 
promoting a cigarette 
company's anniversary: "75 
Years And Still Smokin'." 
During their 75 years, millions of 
dollars have been made at the 
expense of thousands of lives. 

Also in 1913, an ordinary lady in 
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, began a 
small Bible study for girls. Though 
her picture will never be on a billboard, 
Mary Bauman's disicipleship group 
grew into a national ministry which 
has had a great impact for Christ. 
Later named, "Serving My Master," 
this discipleship program has given 
thousands of girls a heart for God and 
taught them how to please Him. It also 
demonstrates the tremendous impact 
one life can make in ministry for the 
King. 

A ministry of the national CE of- 
fice, SMM offers churches a program 




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Ed Lewis, Executive Director 

Written by: Jim Folsom and Brad Skiles 

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for discipling giiiG in grades 1-12. 
This year, SMM celebrates its 75th an- 
niversary. 

For girls in grades 1-6, SMM is 
structured for outreach. Fun games, 
interesting stories, and practical goals 
like, "Manners," "Helper," and 
"Friendship" make SMM attractive to 
even non-Christians. Many girls have 
accepted Christ through this ministry. 

At the junior high and senior high 
levels, SMM is an intense discipleship 
group which moves girls toward 
spiritual maturity and leadership. The 
monthly programming includes: 
"Growth Groups," meetings where 
Bible study and accountability give 
direction for how girls are to live; 
"Spiritual Aerobics," a time to work 
on personal goals and stretch through 
ministry; and "Girls Only!," creative 
outreach events built around topics of 
special interest to girls. 

As would be ex- 
pected, many chan- 
ges and improve- 
ments have taken 
place in SMM during 
its 75 years. But its 
passion for missions 
and heart for serving 
Christ have never 
been altered. 



SMM Master Plan 

What we would like to see in the life 
of an 18-year-old woman who has 
been through SMM ... * 

Spiritual Growth 

□ Consistent walk with God 

□ Faithful witness 

□ Biblical convictions 
Q Vital prayer life 

□ Faithfully exercises spiritual gifts 

□ Practices personal worship 

□ Studies the Bible for herself 

□ Committed to a local church 

Character Growth 

□ Has an accountability relationship 

□ Teachable spirit 

□ Unselfish spirit 

□ Submissive attitude 

□ Understands temple upkeep 

□ Able to keep her home as a godly 
testimony 

□ Maintains purity of life 

□ Relates to non-believers 

Doctrinal Training 

□ Believes the Bible to be infallible 

□ Understands Brethren beliefs and 
can communicate them to others 

□ Knows key passages for decision 
making 

Missions 

□ Has a heart for missions 

□ Is a faithful prayer partner 

□ Love for the lost 

(*This is a summary list.) 




Join Us in Celebration 
of Our 50th Anniversary 



Homecoming Celebration Activities 

Saturday, August 13 
Accenting SO Years of God's Grace 

2:00-5:00 P.M. Open House 

2:30--3:00 P.M. Program "Historic Milestones" 

Sunday, August 14 
Acknowledging God's Ever Present Grace 

9:00--10:30 A.M. Church Services 

KNUTE LARSON -- Speaker 

-- Bible School Special 
"Panoply of Grace" 
12:45 P.M. Carry-In Fellowship Meal 

(at the Church) 

Anticipating God's Continuing Grace 

2:30 P.M. * Service at New Property 

(North 83 & Friendsville I 




Wooster Grace Brethren Church 

"CELEBRATING 
50 YEARS OF GRACE" 



Grace Brethren Church 

1912 Burbank Road 

Wooster, Ohio 44691 

Phone 216/264-9459 

Pastor Robert Fetterhoff 



*ALD/ August 15, 1988 



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BRETHREN YOUTH 



Celebrating 50 Years! 

The Brethren National Youth Conference Began 
at Bethany Camp, Winona Lake, IN in 1938 



Beginning in the early 1900s. The Brethren 
Church met each summer in Winona Lake. Indiana 
for its National Conference. In 1937. Leo Polman. 
Pastor of the church in Ft. Wayne. IN and father of 
three: Elaine. Gerald and Joyce, noticed the young 
people just walking around Winona during the con- 
ference. There were bowling alleys and the young 
people could enjoy Winona Lake, but they did not 
have enough to do to fill their days. 

Mr. Polman was not the sort of person to let an 
opportunity for the Lord pass him by. so by 1938. 
he located Bethany Camp, borrowed $200.00 from 
his wife's ••furniture money" and paid for one week's 
rental of the camp during conference week. Mrs. 
Polman asked him who would be attending this 
camp and he replied. "Two for sure -- Gerald and 
Elaine." Thev planned for 35 campers that first year 
and were overwhelmed with 108. Mrs. Brenneman 
(Pastor Polman's daughter. Elaine) remembers her 
father scurrying around to get extra food to feed the 
hungry travelers. Mr. Polman believed. "If your food 
is good, the kids will come back again." He asked 
"Mom" Morgan, who was a cook at Wheaton Col- 
lege, to stay at Bethany Camp for the week to cook. 
In later years Polman would get a farmer to raise a 
cow to provide the meat for the campers. 



As it turned out. Elaine never really did get to at- 
tend Bethany Camp as a true camper, though she ) 
did work very hard at the Camp for many years. She 
was the last "one to turn out the lights and help lock 
up. "My job was to help my daddy make our pro- 
gram, to help it dovetail with the conference," Mrs. 
Brenneman recalls. "We were encouraged to go to 
the business sessions and the Moderator's address. 
We had swimming and boating in the afternoon and 
attended vesper services." In the morning, SMM 
(Sisterhood of Mary and Martha, now known as 
Serving My Master) held programs for the young 
ladies and meetings were held for the boys. There 
were Bible studies and missionary speakers and 
song fests. Meal time was known as "mail time" with 
singing and fun at the tables - and of course, plen- 
ty of good food. Every year the campers got to tour 
the home of Ma Sunday, wife of Billy Sunday. 

Evenings were especially enjoyable. Mrs. Bren- 
neman reminisces. "Every evening after conference 
sessions we held a Fun Night and Friday night was 
always Stunt Night." Fagot service held around Vic- 
tory Circle was the most meaningful evening. "You 
would be thrilled to see what the Lord has done and 
the decisions that were made for the Lord at 
Bethany Camp. Many of our present missionaries 



Bethany Lodge had bunk beds at the corners on each floor for campers. 




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BRETHREN YOUTH 




Photo taken the first year of Bethany Camp, 1938. 



;dicated or rededicated their lives to the Lord at 
it Fagot services. We took little sticks of wood 
ailed fagots) and after a short message, campers 
une up and threw a fagot into the fire and gave 
short testimony." 

After services, everybody met at the Cracker Box. 
he Cracker Box was a cabin that was screened in 
id Charles Ashman and Elaine and Gerald worked 
ere. Everyone would get a sloppy joe and a 
jrseneck or black cow. (I was informed that a 
lorseneck" is ice cream with soda and a "black 
iw" is ice cream with root beer -- now known as 
"root beer float"). Strong bonds of Christian friend- 
lip were formed during the week at Bethany Camp 
id more than a few campers met their future 
louses during that eventful week. 
One of the more interesting camps was 
ghlighted by the strange disappearance of the 
ilman's car. Leo and Leila looked for their car 
erywhere. They finally realized that someone 
id painted, "Write Your Congressman. Stop Con- 
ription" on the side of their car and it hadn't 
:en moved at all. 

"Because of the camp. Mother and Dad became 
om and Pop to many young people," Mrs. Bren- 
:man recalls. "The Lord really blessed my folks 

a special ministry and I am proud to have 
irents like that. We had a special closeness." One 
the Polmans' greatest joys was to meet someone 
iring their travels who would say. "It was at 
:thany Camp that I surrendered my life to the 
ird for service or for rededication of life." 
Bethany Camp was the beginning. The dedica- 
m and rededication of young people to the Lord 
r His service continues. 

Compiled by Raeann Hart and Elaine Brenneman 
Photographs compliments of Elaine Brenneman 

LLD/ August 15, 1988 



In 50 years the Brethren National 
Youth Conference has grown from 108 
in attendance to over 1,600 each year. 
The goal is still the same: to help young 
people grow spiritually. 




alman and Leila Polman sta n d in g 
with Ma Sunday in center. 



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BRETHREN CHURCHES IN Atl iui\ 



One Church in Six Locations 

Uniting in Love to Grow 



Twenty-six years ago a small group of people 
under the leadership of James G. Dixon began the 
Grace Brethren Church of Greater Washington. 
Their immediate goals were to pray, worship, 
witness, organize and become a congregation 
glorifying God. Their next goals were to purchase 
property, erect a church building and start a Chris- 
tian School. Their long range goal was to establish 
several churches around the Washington beltway. 
The fulfillment of these goals have come about 
through interesting and not always traditional 
means. 

"We believe that every 

Christian is a minister for the 

Lord Jesus Christ." 

The dedicated Charter Members were deter- 
mined to build a church to the honor and glory of 
God and drew up a unique Constitution wherein 
the pastor was commissioned as spiritual and ad- 
ministrative leader of the congregation. James 
Dixon, as Senior Pastor, has faithfully led spiritual- 
ly with insightful, expository preaching and 
teaching, whereby the flock is motivated out of a 
spirit of love for the Lord, not guilt and fear. He has 
led administratively in a positive and orderly man- 
ner, "being diligent to preserve the unity of the 
Spirit in the bond of peace", (Eph. 4:3). One 
outstanding characteristic of Pastor Dixon's 
preaching and life example is the emphasis on 
'cognitive love'. The results are seen in a loving con- 
gregation where energies are spent trying to meet 
growth problems rather than being divisive. 

In addition to his full-time pastorate, James 
Dixon taught 14 years at Washington Bible College 
and 8 years at Capital Seminary. He was also a 
member of the Grace College and Seminary Board 
for 17 years and a member of the National Board 
of Christian Education for 30. In 1987 he was 
chosen as 'Pastor of the Year'. He and his wife 
Dorothy have six grown children, who are all ser- 
ving the Lord, and twenty-one grandchildren. 

Dorothy Dixon has always made time to teach 
adult Bible classes, child evangelism classes. Vaca- 
tion Bible School and Sunday School. In 1965 she 
started a Christian school that has developed into 



by Pastor Jeff Thornley 

Waldorf Maryland 



the Grace Brethren Christian Schools which now 1 
minister to over 800 students on 4 campuses. The. 
state-accredited school includes grades K-12 and 
the Day Care is the largest in the state of Maryland. 1 
She has served as Director of GBCS since its in-, 
ception, but at all times has placed a top priority 
on being a helpmeet to her husband. 

The church moved into its first building in 1965 
and since that time has averaged a building pro- 
gram every two to three years. Today the church' 
owns 70 acres of land and has seven Sunday morn- 
ing worship services. This has been made possi- 
ble through the decision in 1979 to not build a 
larger sanctuary, but rather to surround the. 
Washington Beltway with branch churches under 
the philosophy of "one church in multiple 
locations". 

Four churches have been planted in eight years. 
These churches are pastored by associate GBC. 
pastors who also assist whenever possible in inter- 
church ministries. Presently, the GBC of Greater 
Washington is one church in 6 locations pursuing 
a philosophy of uniting in love to grow. 

The 1,260 active members are only the "tip of 
the iceberg." Washingtonians are constantly on the 
move and the church has ministered to thousands 
who are assigned to the area for a few years and ' 
then transferred or retire to another location. Over 
170 of the church family have gone into full time 
Christian service. 

Three fourths of the associate pastors at GBC of. 
Greater Washington were members of the church 
before joining the Pastoral Staff. Dean Walter, 
former head chemist of the Naval Research Lab 
and Pastor Emeritus of the Vicksburg GBC, 
preaches and teaches at the church. He also 
teaches chemistry and physics at GBCS. Ron Sat- 
ta is responsible for pastoral ministries and Rob 
Mayes works with the Youth Ministries at Temple 
Hills. Joel Proctor is Comptroller and assists Pastor ' 
Dixon administratively. Jeff Thornley pastors the 
first branch church in Waldorf, Maryland and , 
serves as Pastoral Administrative assistant to 
Pastor Dixon. Ralph Cook is minister of music and 
youth at the Waldorf church. Bob Wagner pastors 
the church in Calvert County, Maryland which has 
just occupied their first phase building. "R" 
Greene pastors the branch in Frederick, Maryland 
where they have recently begun services in their 



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BRETHREN CHURCHES IN ACTION 



first phase building. The Alexandria Grace 
Brethren Church requested to be accepted as an 
official "branch" church in 1986. Larry Gegner 
now pastors this church in Alexandria, Virginia. 
James Schaefer came on staff in 1986 to assist in 
planting a new work in the Lake Ridge, Virginia 
area. 



Over 1 70 members of the 

church family have gone into 

full time Christian service. 

In September 1987, the church celebrated its 
25th Anniversary year with joy and gratitude as 
well as eager anticipation for the future. New 
Ichallenges were left in everyone's thinking. Can 
jone congregation in six locations continue to grow 
and extend its borders? Will succeeding branch 
pastors and branch churches, in turn, plant new 
churches through love and sacrifices? Will the next 
senior pastor continue this vision of the church? 
Will the church continue to minister with God's 
kind of love and unselfishly reach out to others 
because it really cares? Pastor Dixon's prayer is 
that God might continue to strengthen the people 
with renewed vigor to "keep on keeping on" -- 
loving, learning and living for His honor and glory. 




Pastor James and Dorothy Dixon 



Church Planting Philosophy 
of Greater Washington 



Ten years ago G.B.C. was at an important crossroad 
in our church growth. Recognizing that many of our peo- 
ple were moving 'out of P.G. County' and that we already 
were 'over-built' in our present location, we scrapped 
plans to build a large, new sanctuary and launched a 
phurch-planting ministry. These churches would be ex- 
tensions of the Grace Brethren Church of Greater 
Washington - full members of the Grace Brethren 
Church of Greater Washington Church Family with the 
sption of separating later if they chose to do so. 

The philosophy of 'One Church in Several Locations' 
was developed and we now have 'One Church in Six Loca- 
:ions: Temple Hills, Waldorf, Calvert, Frederick, Alexan- 
iria and Lake Ridge. These churches are all pastored by 
issociate GBC pastors who also assist wherein possible 
n inter-church ministries. Pastor Dixon is the Senior 
Pastor and coordinates the ministries with church ac- 
ivities and continuing outreach ministries of the Grace 
3rethren Church of Greater Washington. 

This philosophy of Church Growth and Church 
Wanting enables our new branches to start with a home 
3ible study; move into a nearby school for Sunday 
/ices; purchase land; initiate a building program: se< 
inancing and become healthy congregations k. 
■elatively short time. 

IALD/ August 15, 1988 



Most of our church construction is financed through 
the sale of bonds in all our churches and underwritten 
by all our Church family. Thus, even our savings are 
'working for the Lord.' 

This Church Planting philosophy has developed out 
of our central mandate from Christ - to love one another 
as He has loved us. We encourage our people to become 
part of a 'new church' ministry. We "unite in love' to grow, 
rather than 'dividing to multiply' 

God has richly blessed this missionary spirit of the 
Grace Brethren Church of Greater Washington. Our 
people truly invest their lives as well as their finances 
reaching out to new areas in our 'Jerusalem. Judea and 
Samaria' as well as 'the uttermost part of the world.' 
During these same years, our Grace Brethren Chris- 
tian Schools have continued to grow. Begun in 1965 
under the direction of Mrs. Dorothy Dixon, the school 
enjoyed a maximum enrollment. New buildings were 
added and two public schools have been purchased to 
ite the increasing space demands of our 
schools. In 1985 a pre-school was started in 
ig with the church. Our four bran- 
become potential school campuses as 
need arises. 



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BRETHREN CHURCHES 1JN A^iiur* 



One Church in Six Locations 



TEMPLE HILLS CHURCH 
Senior Pastor: James Dixon 



WALDORF BRANCH CHURCH 
Associate Pastor: Jeff Thornley 



CALVERT BRANCH CHURCH 
Associate Pastor: Robert Wagner 



ALEXANDRIA BRANCH CHURCH 
Associate Pastor: Larry Gegner 



v.t ..-: .-Trr, 



FREDERICK BRANCH CHURCH 
Associate Pastor: R. Greene 



LAKE RIDGE BRANCH CHURCH 
Associate Pastor: James Schaefer 






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BRETHREN CHURCHES IN ACTION 



One School in Pour Locations 



The Grace Brethren Christian School now 
ministers to 800 students at four campuses. It has 
shown phenomenal growth since its beginning as 
a Christian Day Care Facility twenty-three years ago 
and now consists of three interwoven programs: day 
:are; elementary, junior and senior high schools; 
and summer camp. 

In 1965. Dorothy Dixon, wife of Pastor Dixon was 
preparing her oldest children for college. She was 
praying that the Lord would enable her to do 
something so she could assist them financially, but 
she really didn't know what the Lord had planned 
for her to do. Dorothy recalls, "One of the ladies in 
our church had a day care center in her home. She 
came to my husband and said, 'This really ought 
to be in the church where these children can get 
some Christian training." So the church council 
asked me to develop a program. I told them, 'I can't 
do that. I'm too busy. My youngest is in the third 
grade.' Then they asked again. After I prayed about 
it, I realized that this is what the Lord had prepared 
me to do." 

"I think it's better for children to be at home with 
their mothers," says this mother of six, "But today 
this is not always possible. My feeling is that a Chris- 
tian day care center can become the closest to 
becoming another home." 

Mrs. Dixon set up a morning program, a type of 
preschool, to supplement the day care services her 
friend offered at the church. "I read everything I 
could get my hands on," she remembers. 



The work mushroomed. In 1966 kindergarten 
classes started with a total enrollment of 34. In 1969 
accreditation was obtained from the Maryland State 
Board of Education, grades 1 and 2 were added and 
the enrollment was 146. The following year grades 
3 and 4 were added and the enrollment "was at 200. 

Grade 6 was added in 1972, with grades 7 and 
8 the following year requiring four modular 
classrooms to be erected. By 1974 it was necessary 
to rent space from Bethany Lutheran as the enroll- 
ment was at 338. Grade 9 was added in 1975 
followed by a gym, library and 3 more classrooms 
in 1979. In 1981, Temple Hills School was purchased 
and renovated, grade 10 was added and enrollment 
stood at 533 with 60 staff members. Two years later, 
there were 100 staff members as grades 11 and 12 
were added. The Surrattsville Campus was pur- 
chased in 1984 and enrollment was 683. The twen- 
tieth anniversary of the school was celebrated in 
1985 and the enrollment had increased to 758. The 
Waldorf Christian School was started in 1986 with 
over 30 enrolled in preschool and kindergarten. 

Incredibly, the school and day care center had 
always been self-supporting, but the church has 
helped to purchase the new facility. 

When the Grace Brethren Church of Greater 
Washington was organized in 1962, one goal was to 
begin a Christian School. The Christian School in 
four locations is an outreach of the church's mission 
to reach people for Christ and to bring them up in 
the nuture and admonition of the Lord. 



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GRACE SCHOOLS 









"There was nothing else to do 
but join my heart with His** 



As this issue of the Herald goes to press, Joe 
and Melinda Consentino and their two children 
are preparing to move from Winona Lake. 
Indiana to the Cleveland, Ohio area where they 
will begin a church planting work under the 
auspices of Grace Brethren Home Missions. It's 
a move that wasn't always in their plans . . . 

Until three years ago, Joe Consentino was a Cer- 
tified Public Accountant earning a decent living in 
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Nice home. Comfortable 
income. Some investments. Secure, long-term pro- 
fession. He and his wife, Melinda, lived near their 
families and close friends. 

And Joe was absolutely miserable. 

It wasn't the job, really. From the first day in col- 
lege, he had wanted to be an accountant. After 
graduation, he worked as a CPA for seven years. He 
was good at it. 

The decision did not 
come without some struggles. 

But Joe couldn't get his mind off his home Bible 
study and other church activities. He thought of it 
riding the bus on his way to work. He though of it 
during lunch hour. He became preoccupied with it 
while he was conducting audits and doing tax 
returns. At the same time, he was becoming more 
unhappy and less interested in accounting. 

Joe had a gift for teaching. He loved helping others 
to see the truth and application of God's Word. He 
was good at that, too. More than anything, he 
wanted to do it full-time. 

So Joe quit his job. He, his wife Melinda, and their 
son Daniel moved to Winona Lake in June 1985, 
where Joe entered Grace Seminary that fall. (They 
now have a second child, Marianne.) 



The decision did not come without soim 

struggle. 

"I recognized my own inadequacies, and I knev 

what some of the challenges were going to be. 

asked myself if I would be up to those challenges, 

he remembers. "I also struggled with uncertaint; 

about providing for Melinda and Daniel. That wa 

probably natural since I was leaving a secure, long 

term situation. Finally, it meant leaving ou 

families and many close friends. 

"But then we began to think of these things i: 

terms of how important they were on a scale c 
100. All those things were a 1. Responding to God' 

call was a 100. There was nothing else to do bu 

join my heart with His." 

Another struggle was choosing the righ 

seminary. 

"We first heard about Grace through Joh 
MacArthur's ministry. He made a statement tha 
only three or four seminaries, in his opinion, wer 
producing pastors who were able to expositoril 
preach God's Word. That's what I wanted to lean 
So we wrote and got the names of those school; 
Grace is one of the names we received from hin 
"I sent for catalogs from several schools, and 
couldn't put the Grace catalog down. I liked th 
curriculum. It was set up well, with some flexibil 
ty for a guy like me who had had no Greel 
Everything pointed toward a philosophy ( 
ministry that was biblical and an orientation to t 
able to communicate God's Word. I was impres! 
ed with the school's purpose and goals." 

Grace was just what Joe was looking for, Meli] 
da says. "He really loves the Word. Before we care 
to seminary, he would study every evening, whi 
I studied for my college classes. It was on his min 
all the time. He often talked about loving the Bib 



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iRACE SCHOOLS 



d loving his ministry with peo- 
i. He liked to preach at church, 
id he had a great desire to 
ow more." 

It was a big decision. A "leap 
faith," according to Melinda. 
Financially, it has been a strug- 
| at times, but God answered 
eir prayers for the needed 
tids. "The experience will 
ake both of us better ministers 
others, because we have ex- 
rienced ourselves how God 
pplies the needs of His people," 
e explains. Through a part- 
ne accounting job, tuition dis- 
unt because of a high grade 
int average, and the un- 
licited gifts of close friends, all 
their financial needs have been 
It. 

Completing his M.Div. degree 
s summer, Joe is headed for 
me Missions church planting 
rk. He sees far beyond 
:ablishing the new Grace 
;thren congregation in the 
:ater Cleveland area, however. 
'I am convicted about the need 
develop leadership among lay 
Dple. One of my dreams is to 
I people who have been saved 
the local church grow and 
come leaders and then go on 

full-time Christian service, 
at would be very exciting, very 
filling for me as a pastor." 
\s the new church grows, Joe 
nts to set the example for the 
ople to follow. Christians 
Duld see positive characteristics to emulate in 
:ir leaders, he believes. And that's something he 
nself has been seeing at Grace. 

'Before I came here, I decided that I wanted to 
rn not only by what the profs said, but also by 
w they acted. What I have tried to do is to pick 
t a characteristic or two from every professor 
it in my mind is worth copying, and then copy 
Every one of them has exhibited significant 
engths. 
'Dr. Davis, for example, is a man of vision. He 

1 see over the obstacles to the goal and then plan 
| way to get there. It stands out in him. 

Dr. Fowler also comes to mind. He has the un- 
iny ability to make you feel significant, even if 
x are one of 30 people in a Hebrew class. You feel 
ed and important. That's a great lesson. 
'Dr. Clutter has the ability to take two sides of 
issue and clearly analyze them. He's also a very 

LD/ August 15, 1988 




Marianne, Melinda, Joe and Daniel Consentino 



good listener. Those are both qualities I am try- 
ing to copy in my own life. 

"Dr. Meadors had made an impact on me sim- 
ply through his diligence and hard work. I really 
appreciate that in him. 

"Dr. Kent and Dr. Whitcomb are very faithful 
and have shown me the ability to use humor at 
very key times to make important points. This is 
one thing that makes them very good com- 
municators. I try to emulate that. 

"And Dave Plaster's enthusiasm is contagious. He 
walks into a classroom and all of the sudden you 
have a very lively, enthusiastic group of students. 

"I anticipated being able to get a theological 
education here and to learn the tools I needed to 
communicate the Word. But I also found a great em- 
phasis on building character in students' lives. 1 hat 
comes mostly through the profs, who have probably 
imp iv life mostlv by just who they arc. D 



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FELLOWSHIP NEWS 



FELLOWSHIP NEWS 



Celebrating 50 Years 
of God's Blessings! 

The Brethren Missionary Herald 

Next month's Herald magazine will 
commemorate 50 years of publishing 
the glad tidings of the gospel 
message by the Brethren Missionary 
Herald Co. Significant articles from 
prior issues will be reprinted and you 
will be brought up to date with current 
events in the area of Grace Brethren 
publications. Don't miss this nostalgia 
trip. Watch for this special issue in 
September. 

News Update 

Gary Crandall has assumed the 
pastorate of the Grace Brethren 
Church of Findlay, OH. The church 
has made some major improvements 
with new sidewalks, a ramp for hand- 
icapped folks, all new carpet, air con- 
ditioning in the church office, three 
new Sunday school classes have 
been started and the youth depart- 
ment enlarged. Also, the front sign 
has had flowers and large planters 
placed by them with new shrubbery 
and stone across the front of the 
church building giving it a totally 
renewed look. 

Pastor Clarence Lackey of Portis, 
KS, has completed his ministry there 
and will be retiring in Hays, KS. He 
has served in the pastorate at Portis 
for about 15 years. A special service 
of recognition for the Lackeys was 
held on July 3. 

Pastor John Snow will assume the 
responsibilities of pastoral care at 
Portis, KS, on August 14. The Snows 
had been serving in Irasburg, VT. 

The Southern Lancaster Grace 
Brethren Church, Lancaster, PA, 
celebrated their Fourth Annual Na- 
tional Police Sunday May 15. At this 
service eight County Police Depart- 
ments, the Lancaster City Police, and 
the State Police participated. A large 



tent was erected on the lawn for a 
time of fellowship and refreshments. 
Last year, a state flag was 
presented to the church. The 
policemen who have been killed in 
the line of duty have also been 
honored in a memorial service. Two 
policemen have accepted Christ as 
a direct result of these services and 
two families have become part of our 
church. Vernon Harris, pastor. 

Loren Felabom has joined the staff 
at Bethel Brethren Church in Berne, 
IN, as associate pastor. He is from 
Aurora, IL Larry Edwards, pastor. 

The congregation of the Grace 
Brethren Church of Huber Heights, 
OH, has changed the name of the 
church to Grace Community 
Church of Huber Heights, and also 
"reaffirmed their affiliation with the 
Fellowship of Grace Brethren 
Churches and its agencies." 

The Northwest District Trustees 
hosted an "Appreciation Day" on 
May 28 at the Clear Lake Grace 
Brethren Camp (WA) for retiring 
Camp Caretakers Harold and Evelyn 
Snively. Also honored were Bill and 
Bev Hubbard, Alaskan builders, who 
gave two months of volunteer work in 
construction on the camp's two-level 
Lodge Building. 

Both the Snivelys and the Hub- 
bards were commended for work 
well-done and were given gifts as 
tokens of the District's appreciation for 
their ministry at Clear Lake. 

Ray and Tami Taylor from Harrah, 
WA, have assumed the caretaker's 
ministry. 

Garth Lindelef has resigned as 
pastor of the Community Grace 
Brethren Church in Long Beach, CA. 
His future plans are uncertain. 
Steve Edmunds, pastor of the Grace 
Brethren Church, Fort Lauderdale, 
FL, was ordained to the Christian 
ministry. Pastor Jim Custer brought 
the ordination message. 
Edward DeJongh, former pastor of 
the Grace Brethren Church at Findlay, 
OH, has resigned. 



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Scott Massey is a newly licensee; 
minister and is serving in the Grace 
Brethren Church at Longview, TX. •■ 

Glenn Byers has been called ra 
serve for another year as pastor at the' 
Grace Brethren Church of Sidney, IN' 

The Virginia District Examining Boarc ( 
has approved Mike Johnson anc| 
George Traub for ordination. 

James Taylor, from the Valley Grace' 
Brethren Church in Hagerstown, MD 
has been called as pastor ai' 
Lakeland, FL. Bill Smith has been 1 
serving there as interim pastor. 
At the Southern California/Arizonc! 
District Conference the newly mergec, 
Grace Church of Los Alamitos 
(formerly Grace Fellowship Church of 
North Long Beach and the Grace 
Community Church of Los Alamitos) 
was accepted into the membership.' 

Benjamin Collins and Dan Viveros 

recently graduated from Chaplain's 
School in New Jersey. Ben has been, 
appointed to a post in Georgia; while; 
Dan is waiting an appointment. 
Pastor Don Shoemaker, pastor of the, 
Grace Brethren Church of Seal, 
Beach, CA, is looking for a full-time, 
youth pastor who also has some in- 
terests in adult education. Anyone in-; 
terested in this position should call' 
Don at 213/596-1605. 
The Cross Lanes Grace Brethren 
Church in the west suburbs of, 
Charleston, WV, is the newest Home 
Mission point. It was recently adopted 
by the Grace Brethren Home Mis-, 
sions Council board of directors for | 
financial support. Also participating in 
the new project is the Allegheny 
District Mission Board. Pastor Emory 
(Zeke) Young and his wife, Marsha, 
have returned to their hometown to 
begin the new church. He is a> 
graduate of Grace Theological! 
Seminary and previously pastored the 
Grace Brethren Church at Lima, OH. 

Gary Taylor is the new pastor of the 
Southview GBC in Ashland, OH. He 
began his ministry on July 1. Randy, 
Haulk is the associate pastor. 



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MARRIAGES 

CALHOUN: Angie Hedrick and 
>raig Calhoun, June 4, 1988. The 
'ows were taken at the Community 
3race Brethren Church, Everett, PA, 
py Pastor Timothy Boal and Pastor 
(Emeritus Homer Lingenfelter. 

DAVIDSON: Melissa Parr and Mark 
Javidson, April 16, 1988, at the 
Bethel Brethren Church, Berne, IN. 
Larry Edwards, pastor. 

pOWNS: Ruth Wedertz and Larry 
Downs, June 19, 1988, at the Grace 
Brethren Church in Fort Lauderdale, 
FL. Stephan Edmonds, pastor. 

{(ANTENWEIN: Carol Firebaugh 
i*nd Scott Kantenwein, June 11, 
I988, at the Wooster Grace Brethren 
Church, Wooster, OH. Pastor Bob 
i r etterhoff and Pastor Lee Kanten- 
'vein officiating. 



DEATHS 

3ENTZ, FRED. 80, May 15, 1988. He 
was a member of the Riverside 
3race Brethren Church, Johnstown, 
PA, and had received the first 
I'Senior Medal of Ministry," as 
printed in the August 1978 Herald. 
He received this recognition for his 
Jevoted, lengthy, and continuing 
Service to Christ, his church, and 
bthers. Don Rough, pastor. 

VIILLER, ANNA RAE. June 3, 1988. 
First Grace Brethren Church, Graf- 
pn, WV. Memorial services were 
conducted by Pastors Paul Mohler 
'and Joe Nass. 

30ONEY, TRAVIS. 70, June 8, 1988. 
He was a longtime member of the 
pidney Grace Brethren Church, 
Sidney, IN. Glenn Byers, pastor. 
jl"HORN, HARRY, H. April 28, 1988, 
first Grace Brethren Church, Graf- 
pn, WV. Memorial services were 
ponducted by Pastors Joe Nass and 
D aul Mohler. 



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3uilmes, Buenos Aires, Arqentina, 
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Ben Collins, 1304 Forest Lake, Dr., 
Hinesville, GA 31313. 

T.P. Craigen, Aicherstrasse 37/2, 
7024 Filderstadt 1, West Germany. 

Patrick Daniels, R.R. 1, Box 71A, 
Idaville, IN 47950. 

R. Dallas Greene, Grace Brethren 
Church of Frederick, 5102 Old 
National Pike, Frederick, MD 21701. 
Steve Howell, 365 E. Pecan St., 
No. 125, Hurst, TX 76053. 

Clayton Hulett, 6748 Pageantry St., 
Long Beach, CA 90808. 

Ted Kirnbauer, 5-7-19 Kurihara, 
Niza shi, Saitama ken, T352, Japan 
(Tel. 0267-42-8402). 

Paul Klawitter, c/o Kent Good, 34B, 
Blvd. de la Marne, 21000 Dijon, 
France. 

M. Lee Myers, 1240 Melrose Dr., 
Mansfield, OH 44905. 

Mark Penfold, 900 Charles Dr., 
Winona Lake, IN 46590. 

David Quick, 230 E. Fifth St., 
Peru, IN 46970. 

D. Brent Sandy, 103 Sparrow Dr., 
Lynchburg, VA 24502. 

Philip Sparling, 12085 Rock Creek 
Rd., No. 20, Auburn, CA 95603. 

Roger Stover, Oberbettringerstr. 
104, 7070 Schwabisch Gmund, West 
Germany. 

Emory Young, 5004 Black Oak Dr., 
Cross Lanes, West Virginia 25313 
(Tel. 304/776-1355). 
Grace Brethren Church, 375 Hills- 
Miller Rd., Delaware, Ohio 43015 
(Tel. 614/363-3613). 

An Update on 

Membership in the 

Fellowship of 

Grace Brethren Churches 

On August 3rd, at national con- 
ference in Palm Desert, CA, 
statistician Sherwood Durkee 
reported a total membership of 
40,624 in the FGBC A loss of 574 
members was recorded in the 
calendar year of 19S7. Tne peak 
year of member-' 
was 1983, whf 4 91 

was reached. 




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Trumpet of Clay is the in- 
spirational story of Jerry 
Franks, formerly with Grace 
College, a gifted musician who 
became blind overnight. 
Author Toni Morehead shares 
the struggles that Jerry 
Franks has faced in daily life. 

Jerry has learned to adjust 
to his physical limitations 
through his faith in God. This 
is the same faith that God has 
used to shape Jerry Franks in- 
to another kind of instrument 
- a trumpet of clay, an instru- 
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EDITORIAL 




The First Fifty Years 

by Charles W. Turner 



1 his year, 1988, we have 
been proudly displaying the 
words "Volume 50" on the front 
cover of the Herald magazine. In 
this issue we want to look back 
over the past fifty years and 
share with you some of our 
progress. 

Our early leaders shaped the 
direction of the Herald with their 
theology and outlook on minis- 
try. We got our start in the World 
War II period, so we elected to 
feature some of the articles of 
those early days. We have articles 
by Dr. Alva J. McClain, Dr. 
Herman Hoyt, Dr. L.S. Bauman 
and Dr. R. Paul Miller. Take a 
walk down memory lane and 
while reading the articles place 
them within the context of their 
time in history. The date each ar- 
ticle first appeared is listed with 
the article. I think you will find 
them very interesting. 

In this issue, you will find one 
of the first editorials in which the 
principles of the Brethren Mis- 
sionary Herald were directed. Dr. 
Alva J. McClain, a leader of the 
Grace Movement, set for us a 
direction that was to be followed. 
We like to think many years later 
these truths still remain intact 
and our purpose unchanged. 

You will also find the story 
from the forties and World War II. 
The sinking of the Zam Zam will 
bring back a flood of memories to 
the more "mature". I must admit 
it was exciting to me as a "much 
younger" person. 

How did Louis Bauman view 
the events of the forties in the 



light of Bible Prophecy? You will 
find an article on page 20 that was 
written in the context of that time. 
Dr. R. Paul Miller was an early 
leader in evangelism and he 
wrote about the need for revival 
in 1944. Check it out on page 6. 
This editorial reads like it could 
have been written today. 

We like to think many 

years later these 
truths still remain 

intact and our 
purpose unchanged. 

Dr. Herman Hoyt wrote an 
editorial in 1944 setting forth the 
problems of the day as he saw 
them. You will have to agree that 
forty years later the problems are 
still the same. 



We have changed formats am' 
we have changed editors. Oi 
page 16 you will meet the editor 
again - the men who have ha<' 
the role of leadership settinj 
forth the printed word in th<j 
Brethren Church. 

We have done a little growinj 
through the years as illustratec 
by the chart on page 13. Thi; 
page will give you a visual of th( 
growth of the last 50 years anc 
progress in distribution. 

The highlights in the life of ths 
Brethren Missionary Herald an 
outlined through the yean 
which you will find on page 14 

Look at page 25 and make £ 
decision. If you are not a membei 
of the Corporation - think aboui; 
joining us. 

Come join us in this specia- 
issue of the Herald as we look 
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Ed Lewis 

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ireign Missions 

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Karen Bartel 
race Schools 

John Davis 

Joel Curry 
ome Missions 

Robert W. Thompson 

Liz Cutler 
'omen's Missionary Council 

Linda Unruh 
nt Cover 

Albert Hart 



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2 Editorial 
The First 
Fifty Years 

Charles W. Turner 

4 Devotional 
The Living Word 

Raeann Hart 

6 From the Archives 

America Needs a 
Revival Today 

Dr. R. Paul Miller 
8 From the Archives 

His Wonders 
on the Deep 

Miss Ruth Snyder 
13 A Progress Report 



14 From the Archives 
Highlights of the 
Brethren 
Missionary Herald 



16 From the Archives 

Editors of the 
Brethren 
Missionary Herald 



17 From the Archives 

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Herald Cover 



18 From the Archives 

The Word 
and the World 

Alva J. McClain 



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20 From the Archives 

God Bless 
America? 

Dr. Louis S. Bauman 

20 From the Archives 
Modernistic 
Preachers 

Dr. Louis S. Bauman 

21 From the Archives 
Adolph Hitler 
"Spits in His Own 
Face" 

Dr. Louis S. Bauman 

22 From the Archives 

Noah Days Are 
Now Upon Us 

Dr. Herman A. Hoyt 
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DEVOTIONAL 



The Living Word 

Tell Me the Story of Jesus The Word Became Flesh 



by Fanny J. Crosby 

Tell me the story of Jesus. 

Write on my heart every word: 
Tell me the story most precious. 

Sweetest that ever was heard. 
Tell how the angels, in chorus. 

Sang as they welcomed His birth. 
"Glory to God in the highest! 

Peace and good tidings to earth." 

Fasting alone in the desert. 

Tell of the days that are past. 
How in His life He was tempted. 

Yet was triumphant at last. 
Tell of the years of His labor. 

Tell of the sorrow He bore. 
He was despised and afflicted. 

Homeless, rejected and poor. 

Tell of the cross where they nailed Him. 

Writhing in anguish and pain: 
Tell of the grave where they laid Him. 

Tell how He liveth again. 
Love in that story so tender. 

Clearer than ever I see: 
Stay, let me weep while you whisper. 

Love paid the ransom for me. 

Tell me the story of Jesus. 

Write on my heart every word: 
Tell me the story most precious. 

Sweetest that ever was heard. 



Thoroughly Equipped 

All scripture is God-breathed and is useful for 
teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in 
righteousness, so that the man of God may be 
thoroughly equipped for every good work. 

II Timothy 3:16. 17 



Living and Active 

For the word of God is living and active. 
Sharper than any double-edged sword, it 
penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints 
and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes 
of the heart." 

Hebrews 4:12 

(All Scripture references from the New International Vers 
RALD/ September 15, 1988 



In the beginning was the Word, and the Word 
was with God. and the Word was God. He was 
with God in the beginning. 

Through him all things were made, without 
him nothing was made that has been made. In 
him was life, and that life was the light of men. 
The light shines in the darkness, but the 
darkness has not understood it. 

There came a man who was sent from God: his 
name was John. He came as a witness to testify 
concerning that light, so that through him all 
men might believe. He himself was not the light: 
he came only as a witness to the light. The true 
light that gives light to every man was coming 
into the world. 

He was in the world, and though the world was 
made through him, the world did not recognize 
him. He came to that which was his own. but his 
own did not receive him. Yet to all who received 
him. to those who believed in his name, he gave 
the right to become children of God - children not 
of natural descent, nor of human decision or a 
husband's will, but born of God. 

The Word became flesh and made his dwelling 
among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of 
the One and Only, who came from the Father, full 
of grace and truth. 

John 1:1-15 



Dear Heavenly Father, 

We praise your name for giving us your living 
word. A word we can hide in our hearts and share 
with others. Lord, we thank you for the many op- 
portunities we have for learning, studying and 
digesting your word through the Bible and through 
the uplifting Christian publications that you have 
graciously made available to us. 

Lord, we ask that you continue to uphold and pro- 
tect your word. Let your living word flow through 
us to others, for who shall hear if we do not tell 
them? Keep your word strong and true, living and 
active, sharper than a double-edged sword. Let 
your word cut through our hypocrisy, slice away 
the hardened, protective shells that keep us from 
living transparent Christian lives. 

Please forgive us when we fall short and let us 
look to your word for the guidance we need Let us 
say with King David, "I desire to do your will, O my 
God; vour law is within my heart." 

Thank you for letting your Word become flesh 
and make His dwelling among us. Thank you for 
V s perfect life, His perfect example to us and 
Sis perfect words spoken to encourage and uplift 
us. We praise you for His sacrificial death for our 
sins. 



FROM THE GRACE BRETHREN ARCHIVES 



America Needs A Revival Today 

Reprinted from the Brethren Missionary Herald, February 2, 1946 

by Dr. R. Paul Miller 

1891-1964* 



I have never been so impressed before with the 
utter darkness in which the most well-informed 
people of America are moving. In these 30 years 
of ministry in evangelism all over the land I have 
never observed such hopelessness in the human 
heart. The pitiable helplessness of the human 
spirit before the powers that are coming upon the 
earth is enough to give power and drive to every 
preacher who knows the truth. What a time to 
know the gospel and to preach it! What a thrill to 
have an answer to this world muddle! 

After speaking to a Rotary Club of businessmen 
in Kentucky recently, the prosecuting attorney and 
several other members of the organization came 
up with questions and comments that would 
amaze a Bible-taught Christian. These men are 
feeling the desperate situation that now confronts 
humanity. They are thinking of this world condi- 
tion, not as a thing in Europe and Asia, as 
Americans have traditionally done, but as a wolf 
outside their own back door, threatening their own 
children. Their one inquiry was, "What can 
possibly overcome the tragedy that is certainly 
overtaking all mankind?" They realize at last that 
they are helpless. Everything that the human 
capacity can invent has been tried and has failed. 
They are ready to confess it. This, to me, seems 
to be the most hopeful sign of bringing any help 
to the soul. 

The greatest fear was regarding com- 
munism. Certainly, communism is the greatest 
outward menace to the world today It is not a Rus- 
sian idea, confined to Russia. It is a crusading 
philosophy set afire by an emotional passion keyed 
to world control. It is well intrenched in America. 
The recent report of our congressional committee 
investigating un-American movements reveals 
that Communism is spreading like a plague in our 
army, navy, and also in the great labor 
organizations. 

Communism has no virtue whatever. Honesty, 
morality, and responsibility are only observed 
when dictated by expediency. These things do not 
exist in its own philosophy. This is not surprising. 
It is the natural outcome that follows in any na- 
tion that has repudiated the Word of God and 
burned the Bibles. There is no other source of stan- 
dards for human conduct as to the right or wrong 
of anything outside of the Bible. Once that is set 
aside, the human spirit is morally adrift. 

Communism is wholly materialistic. In its eyes 
man is but an animal. The present body, the 




R. Paul Miller 



present life, the pre- 
sent experience are all. 
When that is over 
there is nothing more. 
The human spirit is 
simply obliterated by 
death. There is no 
spiritual life or nature. 
The law of the jungle 
rules. Get it now or 
never. 

Communism min- 
gles all races on an 
equal basis. This is 
revealed clearly in its 
working in the atti- 
tude of the wife of our former President. Intermar- 
riage, and intersocial mingling are utterly destruc- 
tive, and flatly contrary to the Word of God. God 1 
separated the various races that He made, and set ' 
the bounds of their habitation, as Acts 17 clearly 
reveals in Paul's matchless word. Communism is 
a Satanic effort to undo all this. Confusion and 
human tragedy only can result. God planned for 
all men to be evangelized, but He did not plan for : 
them all to live in one society. 

Communism is a deadly enemy of Christianity. 
It accepts Marx" conviction that religion is the 
"opiate of the intellect." This is as false as can be. 
The opposite is true. Wherever the gospel has gone 
it has set men free, provided freedom of speech and 
assembly and absolute liberty of the press. It has 
secured for all men religious freedom, and free 
enterprise for the individual according to his abili- 
ty and ambition. All of these things are denied 
mankind under the social state. So, instead of 
Christianity being the "opiate of the intellect," it 
is communism, the social state, that crushes the 
human spirit. 

The destruction of churches, the killing of 
millions of Christians, the burning of Bibles, and 
the present closed doors to the Bible, are true 
evidences of its nature. All talk of Russian religious 
freedom and of communism's change of heart is 
utterly false. It may change its tactics but never 
its deadly character. 

As one man said, "It can't happen here," another 
replied, "It is here," Communism does not depend 
upon a majority of the voters to take over. Twelve 
thousand Bolsheviks put it over completely on 173 
million Russians in a few days. All it needs is 
plenty of propaganda that tears down America. 



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>ffers millions of people the fantasy of a millennium 
if little work, plenty of money, lots of fun, no moral 
Restriction, and millions in America would cry for 
't! This has already become well advanced. 

America is also facing her greatest moral 
ind spiritual crisis. According to the recent 
report of J. Edgar Hoover, head of the FBI, crime 
kmong American youth 13-18 years old has in- 
creased 200 percent in the last five years. Immorali- 
y among boys and girls has swept over the land like 
a plague. Twenty-six million American youth have 
■absolutely no religious training whatever. This 
group is a fertile field for communistic and all other 
ievilish doctrines. Only 7 million out of 135 million 
Americans actively support the churches, while 90 
billion get their morals at the movie every week. 
Sighty-five percent of Sunday School youth leave the 
church before 15 years of age, never to return. Fifty- 
ive thousand abandoned church buildings stand as 
nute evidence of spiritual declension. Countless 
housands of church members have simply lost 
heir interest entirely, and go no more. Family altars 
and prayer meetings have largely disappeared from 
^he scene. Americans' pocketbooks are filled with 
money, their hearts are full of sin, and their souls 
are far from God. The greatest orgy of drunkenness, 
•gambling, and immorality in the nation's history is 
now in progress. From every city come reports that 
die recent New Year's celebration was the most 
abandoned orgy of shame in the nation's history. 
This is America's greatest crisis. How can she ex- 
bect God's blessing when she has her back turned 
pn God? 

What can be done? That is the universal 
question. It is certain that education cannot save 
us, for many of the educational leaders of this land 
lave been bowing at the feet of Moscow for 25 years. 
Education did not save Germany from destruction 
py her own hand. Legislation cannot help. The 
Organized classes and factions and interests lobby- 
ing in legislative halls are making corrective and 
constructive legislation almost impossible. Military 
factories cannot lift us out of this human tragedy. 
(America can cover herself with glory on every bat- 
tlefield of the world and yet perish in her own cor- 
ruption at home. America can win every victory and 
conquer every enemy and yet lose her own soul. If 
America does not repent of her sins of shame and 
her awful sin of forgetting God; if church members 
do not repent of their backsliding and spiritual in- 
difference and get into fellowship with God; if world- 
ly Christians do not forsake the movies and the card 
tables and get down on repentant knees at prayer 
meeting so that the church can bear a true 
testimony to the unsaved; if we do not get back to 
the Bible, and back to holy living, every victory 
parade will be turned into a march of death. 
"Ichabod" will be written over the Statue of Libert 

The only hope for America is Jesus Christ - 
Christ who has been all but forgotten! Our coun 
has been through dark days before. But our fail" 



knew what to do in such times and situations. They 
didn't appoint investigating committees. They didn't 
pass more laws. They didn't hold indignation 
meetings. They got busy and preached more gospel. 
Moody went around the world for Jesus Christ. Billy 
Sunday shook humanity with the gospel. Torrey and 
Alexander did the same. And great national 
calamities were averted in a wave of repentence. 
They held great revivals that swept whole cities and 
states for God. But they turned the tide. It worked. 
The gospel always works. It is the only thing that 
worked then, and it is the only thing that will work 
now. The preacher of the gospel is the greatest man 
on earth for humanity's sake. 

A real, God-honoring, sin-denouncing. Spirit-filled 
revival that will reach from the top of this land down 
to the very bottom will do more to stop communism, 
correct economic, social, moral, and spiritual ills 
than all the legislation and social programs ever con- 
ceived by man. America can never be any better 
than the heart of its men, women and young people. 

We talk about a glorious post-war world. 
Preachers, professors, and politicians sing out their 
dreams, and only dreams they are. Dreams because 
they are all based upon one utterly false assump- 
tion: that man is fundamentally good at heart and 
capable of himself to bring about and maintain a 
human society of rightousness and peace. Put it 
down right here that there can never be a better 
world until there are better men and women in this 
world. There cannot be better men and women in 
this world until there are better boys and girls. There 
cannot be better boys and girls until we have better 
homes, homes with truly Christian parents in them, 
homes with family altars with praying fathers and 
mothers leading them. This means that men and 
women must be bom again with a new and divine 
nature through faith in Jesus Christ. Not only can't 
there be a better world, but the present world of men 
will collapse soon if a great tidal wave of revival does 
not sweep over mankind. The cross of Jesus Christ 
is the only thing that can destroy the spirit of 
selfishness that lies at the bottom of every war and 
every crime ever committed. While thousands of 
Christian leaders are dreaming after the desires of 
a fleshly world, and others are occupying themselves 
in novelties of Christian efforts for the sake of draw- 
ing attention to themselves, let us give ourselves to 
the saving of men and women who are strangers to 
God. If there cannot be a world-wade revival, you 
may have a revival in your own community. Gather 
two or three earnest, broken hearts around you and 
begin to prav for a revival that will save men from 
the^r sins, and God will send you a revival such as 
you have never seen before. This is the only hope 
for America - a great heaven-sent revival! 

I people, which are called by my name. 
humble themselves, and pray, and seek my 
turn from, their wicked ways: then will 
»m heaven, and will forgive their sm. and 
' Chron. 7:14). B 






SALD/ September 15, 1988 



FROM THE GRACE BRETHREN ARCHIVES 



His Wonders on the Deep 



Reprinted from the 
Brethren Missionary Herald, 
February 7, 1942 

They that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in great waters; 
these see the works of the Lord, and His wonders in the deep (Ps. 107:23-24). 



by Miss Ruth Snydei 

Miss Snyder was one of the sb>. 

Brethren missionaries aboard the 

ill-fated Zam Zam 



Zam Zam! What a name for a strange ship with 
its interesting past, its inglorious present, and its 
loudly lamented end! During World War I, this ship 
operated as a British troop ship. After the war, it was 
sold to an Egyptian company, which used it as a 
"pilgrim ship" to transport devout Mohammedans 
to Mecca. In the city of Mecca, according to Moham- 
medan belief, is the well of water which Hagar saw 
when God opened her eyes, as we read in Genesis 
21. This well, for the Mohammedan, is a very sacred 
spot in a very sacred city. In their own language, this 
well is called Zam Zam. Therefore it was very fit- 
ting that this ship should be the Zam Zam. 

World War II interrupted the pilgrimages to Mec- 
ca; so the Zam Zam turned to other business. One 
day her new affairs brought her into New York with 
her amusing Mohammedan crew. She was 
described as the "funniest ship on the ocean." 

When she left New York, March 20, 1941, there 
were on board 323 souls. In addition to the crew, 
there were the passengers, who could be identified 
in four distinct groups. There was a group of British 
people, victims of the war in one way or another, 
who were setting out for a safer and happier life in 
the outposts of the Empire. Another group was 
made up of men whose commercial interests were 
taking them to far places. Third, there were the am- 
bulance drivers who were setting out on a merciful 
errand. The last, and largest, group was made up 
of the missionaries and their families. 

55 high-explosive shells were fired 

by the Nazi raider at the 

Zam. Zam without warning. 

Among all these people were many religious 
groups. There were Jews, Mohammedans, raw 
heathen from interior Africa, pagans of all sorts, 
Catholics, and many groups of Protestants. Among 
the irreligious group, perhaps there were those who 
hoped that some god of the many represented there 
would be able to hear and answer the prayers of his 
followers for the safety of the ship. There was One 
Who proved His mighty name. 

This trip for the missionaries was an unusual one. 



8 



On board were many of the calling, so it was possi 
ble to have daily prayer meetings. Many were the 
hymns sung on deck during the blackout. These 
moments of Christian fellowship will long be 
remembered. 

There were other ways in which the trip was no 
so pleasant. One such thing was a fleeting glimpse 
of the cook! How was one to get service from £ 
steward, who spoke neither English nor French - 
only "Gyptian"? The horrors of the dish washing 
process were not a subject for the table. Sheets 
towels, water - all were part of the general confu- 
sion. There were times when the passengers 
declared the greatest "peril on the sea" to be in the 
dining-room. 

Easter Monday brought something new to discuss. 
Why had the ship turned suddenly west? Why, as 
the sun went down, were we facing it? Would we 
ever again see a sunset? That night the blackout was 
more eerie than usual, for some unknown danger 
lurked out there in the darkness. As the next morn- 
ing dawned peacefully, the tension relaxed. Tuesday, 
Wednesday, we are safe! Early next week we will be 
in Africa. 

Thursday morning, April 17! The sun was just 
peeping over the rim of the ocean when we realized 
even in the midst of our drowsy comfortableness 
that the Zam Zam had become a target in World 
War II. Jump out of bed into coat and slippers, but 
above all - do not think. Do not think of the walls 
that might collapse on you! Do not think of the 
shrapnel which may strike you! Do not think of a 
pool of blood around a wounded man in the corridor! 
Do not think of the wailing of babes so rudely 
awakened from sleep! Do not think of a sinking ship! 
Do not think of a drifting life boat! Do not think of 
tongues blistered with thirst! Do not think--! 

If this be The Valley, it is beautiful with promise 
for over the side of the wounded ship, drifting and 
sinking life boats, people struggling in the water, the 
watching Germans in safety on their ship, and the 
fluttering swastika, the Lord was gracious and 
placed a rainbow! To each saved heart came that 
peace that passeth all understanding. 

We thought of the Apostle John who has told us 
of a "rainbow" he saw round about the throne of 
God (Rev. 4:3). In the midst of judgment, God set 



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Bis bow to speak of mercy and hope. That day for 
Is, God set His testimony to remind us of His 
aithfulness. We thought of the day when God will 
>et His throne without the rainbow. How glad we 
yere that in the midst of disaster there was a rain- 
bow for us! 

At the scene, it was six o'clock in the morning, 
jit home, it was midnight. Somewhere on a sick 
jied, a saint felt led to pray for some missionaries 
In a German raider. She prayed. It was midnight! 
Vhat if she had not heeded the Spirit? 
I Then came the ordeal of facing the Germans. 
'Vhat might they do to us? Is it possible to make 
l ladder long enough to reach from this tossing lit- 
he boat to the deck above? When the difficulties 
if the ladder proved too much, it was a German 
,eaman who helped. On those watching curious 
aces above, there was not a smile of amusement, 
there was only one question: "Where are you 
rom?" Amazement registered on their faces at the 
inswer: "United States"! 



Below we went into the bowels of the ship. How 
gracious God had been! Not one missionary, not 
one child, had received so much as a scratch from 
the shelling. Of the other groups of passengers, 
each had one who was seriously wounded. The at- 
tack had come with daylight. During the dark of 
the night, the raider had followed our vessel. At six 
o'clock every morning the Catholics had held ser- 
vices in the lounge. The lounge that morning 
became a charred mass of ruins. Who held back 
the attack until daylight? Who permitted the at- 
tackers to do their work before six o'clock? Is it any 
wonder that another prison heard hymns sung as 
these things became known to us that morning 
there in the hold of the Tamesis? 

That day passed. Night came. In the hold of the 
raider ship we were "bunked down" for the night. 
On one side of a canvas were the women and 
children: on the other side, were the men. Mid- 
night brought the torture of an alarm. Never again 
will we hear a certain type of automobile horn 



The Protestant Missionaries conducting a Prayer Service in Hatch No. 2 at 8 a.m. Brother Morrill 

appears at the center in the bottom of the picture, still hanging on to the old hat. Little wonder 

that the officials declared that the "Zam Zam" Missionaries "were a resourceful, united group 

which stood up well under troubles." 




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FROM THE GRACE BRETHREN ARCHIVES 



without associating it with a life belt! There was 
onlv one wav of escape, and that a single doorway 
which was now locked and deserted by its German 
guard. 

Overhead was the sound of running feet. Locked 
in the hold were souls whose only thoughts were 
of death. Life had been sweet; but if now death 
were to be our testimony, then He would supply 
the needed grace. Moments dragged. A guard ap- 
peared who told us that a ship had been sighted. 
and if there was any danger, they would let us out. 
He then vanished into the unknown parts of the 
ship When he soon reappeared, it was to say that 
they had met the ship to which we were to be 
transferred the next day. We crawled back into our 
bunks and began to long for the morrow. 

The Dresden! As we saw it tied up with the 
Tamesis, we wondered: "What now?'" During that 
day the Germans went busily between the two 
ships. Flying overhead were many sea birds whose 
presence might reveal our whereabouts: so the 
birds were doomed. As the machine gun did its 
work among those birds, I was haunted by some 
lines read many years ago when a child in school: 
"Instead of the cross, the albatross about my neck 
was hung." 

During the afternoon we were transferred to the 
Dresden As we boarded that little ship a peace 
and calm only from above settled upon us. It was 
with a shock that we realized that no longer could 
we be individuals in this affair, but we were part 
of a group moving under orders from our captors. 
We began to realize that it means something to 
"stand in line." Never again until we reached New 
York did we make individual decisions. Perhaps to 
some of us. this was our keenest trial, having 
worked so hard to be able to think! 

Night found us all crowded in some way. 
Quarters for 25 people now accommodated 105 
women and children. Somewhere in a hold of the 
ship the men were put to work making their own 
beds. Our own cabin was furnished for one person. 
Mrs. MorrilL Elaine, and Stevie. were given the bed. 
Two thin straw mattresses (?) served Miss Byron 
and me with beds. With various contortions, we 
were able to get into our beds. The only pain each 
one was spared was that of seeing himself! 

That night. Steve was a sick little boy. The ex- 
posure of the morning before had left him very ill. 
Everyone else had quieted down for the night. The 
doctor had visited Steve and done all he could da 
Human resources were exhausted: but still he 
screamed. What that screaming might do to the 
tired nerves around us. we did not know. We felt 
helpless and hopeless. Mrs. Morrill said: "Let's 
pray!*' In a short while the baby was sleeping. 
Thus, in the smallest things the Lord was good. 

That night was long! As the gravity of our pre- 
sent situation confounded us anew, we were filled 
with despair. In the awful darkness of that hour. 



hope seemed futile. In the midst of the deepest 
distress came this thought from the Lord: "Is 
anything too hard for God?" No. nothing would be 
too hard for Him - not even the blockade! It was 
that night's experiences that returned in memory 
hour bv hour to comfort us when hope again 
seemed vain. 

Morning again! Oh. how sweet was that daylight! 
Routine soon filled our unoccupied time to chase 
by the hours more quickly There was Steve, who 
without shoes, could not walk on the cold decks. 
He had to be passed from one pair of tired arms 
to another. The meager store of clothing had to be 
frantically washed in a desperate attempt to be 
clean and normal. The human mind seemed 
resourceful when pushed: so each one was soon 
busy with sewing, knitting, crocheting. -- those 
things that keep women contented. 

Davs slipped by with their slippery diet, in spite 
of the fact that we were sitting on a ship which 
seemed to be parked in the middle of the ocean. 
To be on a week's vacation is one thing. To sit for 
a week in mid-ocean, on a German boat, is another 
proposition! At last the word was passed around 
that we were waiting for the supply ship. 

Whv did we wait those days in the waters with 
onlv the spouting of the whales to vary the hours? 
Only God knows certainly. However, we were told 
later by the captain and the first officer of the ship 
on which we returned to America, that, had we not 
gone through the blockade while the British were 
looking for the Bismark. we would never have got- 
ten safely through. No doubt this fact, humanly 
speaking, was a factor in our safety: for the last few 
days, while the Dresden slipped through the 
blockade, the Bismark and the Hood were already 
engaged in their momentous game of tag. "They 
that go down to the sea in ships . . . see . . . His 
wonders in the deep." 

Each day brought its blessing of 
Christian fellowship. 

One great daybreak brought with it the Tamesis 
As we saw these two ships again together, a rain- 
bow was in the sky. It brought fresh courage, and 
the assurance that our deliverance was to begin. 

That day the Dresden received more supplies 
and its involuntary- "guests" received false hopes. 
Several cases of eggs were brought on board. Now 
we had heard that the Tamesis had been to sea a 
year and a half without putting into port. That 
story seemed too "tall" until we sat down to our 
first meal of those eggs! Having smelled the eggs 
we are inclined to believe their story! Our false 
hopes centered in a promise that the Americans 
would not be taken through the blockade. Alas for 
us! As some one else so aptly expressed it: "Their 
psychology worked!" 



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Each day brought new manifestations of His 
lithfulness. Little hearts were comforted for lost 
>ys and clothing. Older hearts found comfort for 
>st hope -- the greatest of losses. Material posses- 
ions seemed nothing: but what of Africa's great 
eed for the gospel? To Romans 8:28. we fastened 
U our hopes! 

Even the weather itself was ample proof of His 
lithfulness. As we sat in the calm South Atlan- 
c. we had a calm sea. One night it changed and 
le ship began to roll. We thought of our crowded 
ondition. and sea-sick people. Sea-sickness is one 
isease which needs a lot of room! Here there were 
o comforts for the sick- We took our fears to the 
ord. Soon the waves were still. "He maketh the 
torm a calm, that the waves thereof are still" 
>s. 107:29). 

Never again did we have rough seas until we 
ached what they were pleased to call "the danger 
one." Then the sea grew rough. With the memory 
f our former experience, we once more went to 
tie Lord for the same purpose. To our great dis- 
ppointment. the storm grew worse, and not less, 
is we passed those few hours in bewilderment as 
3 why the Lord had not answered as before, we 
earned a fact that was news to us. We were told 
hat a submarine could not operate if the sea is too 
ough! Then we realized that sometimes we ask. 
nd we have not. for we ask amiss. As the waves 
liled higher, we could more than share the joy of 
he Germans, who were delighted with the storm. 
Ve knew Who had sent the storm: They thought 
hat they were "lucky." "He commandeth. and 
aiseth the stormy wind, which lifteth up the 
L-aves" (Ps. 107:25). 

At night, just at sunset, we were filled with more 
han the usual let-down that came with the 
larkness. In a few minutes we were to go below 
nd be locked in for the night as usual. This night 
ras especiallv hard, for our Utile ship was ru nning 
way from some danger. How gracious of the Lord 
o place His bow again over the ship in that hour 
f need. We went to our quarters with peace: for. 
iod was still on the throne. 

Each day brought its blessing of Christian 
ellowship Never will we forget our first Sunday on 
he Dresden. Evervone turned out for a service that 
fternoon. Even the captain of the ship listened 
rith others of his men. So now they are without 
xcuse. having that day heard the gospel of grace. 
^ rainbow in the afternoon sky was the only 
lackground for the minister as he quoted: "Yea. 
hough I walk through the Valley." As the strains 
if "Faith of our Fathers" drifted across the waves. 
nany silentlv wondered if indeed it would be "to 
leath." 

Having found the advice of the apostle Peter ver? 
imely we girded up the loins of our min 
peculations on the future lay a snare to dou 
re lived moment by moment, trying to let t 



keep our minds in perfect peace. We felt that we 
had experienced somewhat of Peter's thoughts 
when we spoke of the "trial by fire." At least we 
had been under fire, and our faith had not been 
in vain. It was to Peter's episdes that we turned for 
comfort when we could borrow a Bible. One day. 
I read aloud: "The end of all things is ax hand." 
So. with new" zest. hope, and energy, we waited 
each tomorrow. 

May 19. after almost six weeks at sea. we saw 
the coast of Spam! Over that beautiful shoreline 
was a rainbow! We felt that now we could under- 
stand the joy of ancient Israel in the pillar of Ore 
and the cloud. All that day. a rainbow' appeared 
from time to time. At sunset it was just before us. 
May 20. we were at port in occupied France Over 
the flapping swastikas, the rainbow graced the 
morning sky We had not wanted to come to this 
place: but now were silently reminded that "His 
kingdom ruleth over all" 

That afternoon we were taken to Biarritz. Of our 
experiences in France much could be said. We 
heard of their need for butter, flour, meat, potatoes. 
coal. We saw the despair that came with defeat. 
We heard the tramp, tramp tramp tramp of booted 
feet, and the haunting strains of their marching 
song, as the troops of occupation paraded the 
streets of the city. Everywhere the conquerers were 
in evidence- 
One day a lady called to me. When I answered, 
she said. "Lady, when you go back to America. 
send us flour and milk for our babies!" It was hard 
to explain to her just why this was impossible She 
said. "Yes. I understand!" Often I have wondered 
if I could have understood, had our positions been 
reversed and it had been I whose starving babes 
would soon be joined by another litde mouth to 
be fed! 

The Word of God tells us that the "curse 
causeless shall not come" (Prov. 26:2). Before we 
left France, we had an experience which we believe 
indicated the cause for the sufferings of France. 
One of the voung ladies had lost, among other 
things, a French Bible. Thinking that it would be 
easier to replace this Bible in France than in 
\merica. three of us went from book store to book 
store looking for a Bible. The shop keepers would 
point with pride to their English books, but of 
French Bibles there was a dearth. It was not possi- 
ble for this ladv to replace her lost Bible. 
Even-where thev' seemed amazed that anyone 
should want to read the Bible. Finally we were told 
that I" would be impossible to purchase a Bible in 
ientlv France had not been reading 
i of God." Had the people honored tins 
L ps they would not now stop Americans 

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like voung and old looked forward to this trip. At 
last the busses moved, and we were on our way. 
From the busses we went to a train. Those last few 
moments in occupied France were long. Outside, 
a German guard paced the platform. "Good-bye to 
you and your fellows!" -- for the primitive train is 
moving! Just one long breath and we were in 
Spain! The last day of school could not compare 
with this! It was then that old reserves were cast 
aside and we rejoiced together. 

That day we spent in San Sabastian. The lux- 
ury of a bath in hot water was a thrill. Dessert for 
dinner gave us a stuffed feeling. The supplies of 
poverty-stricken Spain seemed riches to us weary 
refugees. 

Soon we were on another train "speeding slow- 
ly" toward Portugal. Now we were "somebody"! We 
were riding in cars reserved by the American Red 
Cross. As we went in and out of tunnels, climbed 
up mountains, looked down into deep narrow 
valleys, we could have enjoyed the Pyrenees bet- 
ter had we not known that a "hot box" had 
developed in our nice private car - first class! 

Our next trial was to have to abandon our coach. 
Baggage went rapidly out the windows. Soon all 
were out in the pouring rain. There we waited un- 
til another car was hooked onto the train. Back we 
went, but alas! This coach was much smaller. 
Some of us had to go back thru the train to the 3rd 
class. That night we spent with singing, drunken 
Spaniards. Others of our traveling companions 
were Jewish refugees from Germany, whom we 
met again to our joy on the Mouzinho. Traveling 
3rd class in Europe is an experience to be dreaded: 
but having done it, we would not have missed the 
fun for the proverbial farm in Spain. 

He bringeth them into their 
desired haven. 

Sunday. We crossed into Portugal. There we en- 
countered the experience of presenting our 
passports to a man in civilian clothes. We would 
not have worried, had not our advisor from the 
American consul been greatly agitated by our ac- 
tion. We did not breathe easily again until those 
precious documents were again in our hands. 

That afternoon, as we traveled on toward Lisbon, 
a rainbow appeared over the rocky fastness of Por- 
tugal! To some of us. it brought joy and peace. To 
others it was an omen of "bad luck." What a pic- 
ture it gave us of the gospel, which is a savor of 
life unto life, and death unto death (II Cor. 2:16). 

Monday morning we arrived in Lisbon. From 
there we were taken to historic Cintra, to hotels 
where we awaited word from home. That word 
came from the State Department. We must return 
to America! 



How were we, unknown and in humble cir jj 
cumstances. to obtain passage to America"; 
Thousands of wealthy refugees are crowded intc 
Lisbon, which city is known as the "escape hatch 
of Europe." There was nothing too hard for the Goc 
of heaven. 

June 10, 26 of us boarded the Mouzinho. Here 
we were crowded into 3rd class quarters. Third 
"class" is a misnomer for there was no "class" tcl 
it! Sanitary conditions were unspeakable. 

Our fellow-passengers interested us as much as 
we interested them. If we went by faces, we were 
in Egypt on the Zam Zam! We had our wilderness 
wanderings on the Tamesis and Dresden. Now, by 
looking around, we could believe that we were in 
Jerusalem! It was our privilege to travel with 
Jewish war refugees from all over Europe. 

Each afternoon we tried to teach heavy tongues 
of little boys to get our difficult English "th", fori 
they were eager to have us teach them English. 
Adults and children met daily for classes with the 
Americans. Our greatest privilege was to speak the 
language of heaven to these people and speak of 
our Lord. 

The Americans were the most popular passengers 
on board. These poor Jews were amazed that we 
could laugh after our experiences. They had not 
even smiles. We had the Savior and they did not. 
Therefore, we could laugh while they were sad. 

On Sunday, we had a service in the lounge. It 
was crowded to capacity. Many Jewish ears heard 
the story of the cross. God had not set us aside, 
but turned our feet another way. 

In our group was a German-speaking young 
lady. In conversation with an elderly German 
Jewess, it was her privilege to lead this old lady 
to the Lord Jesus. Truly. "God works in a 
mysterious way. His wonders to perform." Had 
the Zam Zam reached Capetown, who would have 
witnessed to this woman? 

So. "He bringeth them unto their desired 
haven" (Ps. 107:30). May 21, we reached New York! 
It was exactiy three months since we had left. Dur- 
ing that time we had traveled an estimated 
distance of 21.000 miles. Now the words of the Lord 
Jesus became real to us. "Go home to thy friends, 
and tell them how great things the Lord hath 
done for thee, and hath had compassion on thee" 
(Mark 5:19). 

It was little Elaine Morrill, who. one night, on the 
Dresden prayed, "Dear Jesus, you know all about 
the Zam Zam: but I don't care any more, for I have 
other things to play with now!" We older ones 
share her sentiment. It is not toys which have com- 
forted us: but we were comforted by the everlasting 
arms which have proven such a safe refuge. He has 
bared His mighty arm in our behalf. He has pro- 
ven His name to be a strong tower into which the 
righteous may run. 



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Editors of The Brethren Missionary Herald 





Leo Polman 

1940-1945 



Marvin L. Goodman 

1945-1947 






Miles Taber 

1947-1952 



Conard Sandy 

1952-1953 



Arnold R. Kriegbaum 

1953-1963 




Richard Grant 

1963-1966 




Clyde K. Landrum. 

1968-1970 




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ber 16. 1943. 



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The WORD and the WORLD 

Reprinted from the Brethren Missionary Herald January 6, 1940 

by Dr. Alva J. McClain 



The Brethren Missionary Herald 

In planning and launching this new magazine, 
which makes its initial bow this year, its sponsors 
made no mistake in their selection of an ap- 
propriate name. They began with the name. '"The 
Brethren Herald", very happily chosen as the cap- 
tion of the Home Council magazine, and simply 
added the word "Missionary", placing it squarely 
in the center of the original name: a prophecy, we 
trust, of the central place that missions shall hold 
in its pages. Thus the entire name contains three 
important words, each one indicating a specific 
task, and which taken together suggest the 
threefold policy and program of the magazine. 

First, It is a HERALD 

The word "herald" occurs but once in our com- 
mon English Version (Dan. 3:4), where it refers to 
the herald of a pagan monarch. But there is 
another word in the Bible which occurs no less 
than 61 times in the New Testament and is 
generally rendered "preach" and a few times "pro- 
claim" and "publish". The Greek word means 
literally "to announce a message after the man- 
ner of a herald". Over and over the word is 
employed of the preaching of the gospel in such 
passages as I Cor. 1:23. "But we preach Christ 
crucified", and II Timothy 4:2. "Preach the Word". 
In this remarkable verb, so frequently used by the 
apostles, we may learn something very important 
about the message which was preached. For it is 
not enough merely to preach. The really important 
thing is what we preach. When the workers of the 
early church went out to save men. they did not 
save them with social programs, legislative 
schemes, or new economic policies. They did not 
call upon men to save themselves. They did not lav 
down a code of divine laws by which men might 
become sons of God. What they did do was to go 
everywhere simply telling a story, the story of the 
Lord Jesus and what He did at Calvary. As 
"heralds" they proclaimed salvation through Him. 
complete, finished forever, the gift of God*s grace, 
without money and without price. And if this new 
magazine does what the},- did. it will truly be a 
"Herald", a herald of good news to sinners. Most 
pulpits and publications have ceased to be heralds 
in this sense. Instead of telling sinners what Christ 
did to save men. they are telling men how to save 
themselves. And this is to mock the needs of 




Alva J. McClain 



1888-1968 

sinners. As the old 
Chinese said to the 
modernist missionary. 
"We are dying for want 
of Bread, and all you do 
is tell a recipe for 
making bread." 

Second, It is a 

BRETHREN 

Herald 

This magazine is to 
be a "Brethren'" publi- 
cation in the complete 
Biblical sense of that 
term which is deeply precious to many of us. That 
means its devotion to the whole Word of God. In 
its pages nothing is to appear which even by in- 
timation puts a question-mark after anything in 
the Word. On the other hand, it will welcome the 
presentation of any truth which is clearly taught 
in the Word. When our Blessed Lord says, "Swear 
not at all", the editors of this magazine will not ex- 
clude this command, nor try to soften its solemn 
force, merely to hold a few subscribers who may 
have violated it. And when the Bible declares an 
uncompromising attitude of enmity toward this 
present evil world with all its ways, and demands. j 
that the Christian come out of it in holy separa- j 
tion, this magazine will never apologize for this de- 
mand, no matter what the cost may be in material 
gain. It has been a vicious practice of the profess- 
ing church, through the centuries, to lay great 
stress on the Biblical commands which can be 
obeyed without any great bother, and at the same 
time ignore the commands which cost something 
to obey. The editors, by the grace of God, expect 
to be chiefly concerned about what is taught in the 
Word, not what some men may think about it. For 
this cause there must be constant prayer that we 
may be delivered from the fear of men and kept 
in His will. 

Third, It is a MISSIONARY Herald 

It matters not how perfectly orthodox we may 
be in faith, or how zealous we may be about the 
correct observance of the forms of the church, if 
we shut up our bowels of compassion for a lost 
world, God Himself will write "ICHABOD" over the 
portals of our churches. For the glory has departed 

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God Bless America? 

Reprinted from the Brethren Missionary Herald, January 1, 1944 

by Dr. Louis S. Bauman 



The song "God Bless America" is becoming 
quite familiar and is sung all over these United 
States of ours. But, isn't it well for us to stop and 
think and seriously ask, "Can God bless 
America?" Statistics show that America is leading 
the nations of the earth in crime, divorce, beer 
drinking, and all their associated ills. At this pre- 
sent time, she is probably leading the so-called 
civilized nations in juvenile delinquency. 
Lawlessness is rampant everywhere. Jesus Christ 
seems to be counted out of the councils of those 
who are in authority. 

If America wants God to bless her, the thing she 
needs to do is to go to her knees, and upon bended 
knee pray for America as Daniel prayed for Judah 
and Jerusalem; and, then, perhaps God will hear 
our prayers and bless America. When Daniel 
beheld the "desolation of Jerusalem" he said, "And 
I set my face unto the Lord God, to seek by prayer 
and supplications, with fasting, and sackcloth, 
and ashes: And I prayed unto the Lord my God, 
and made my confession, and said, Lord, the 
great and dreadful God, keeping the covenant 
and mercy to them that love Him, and to them 
that keep His commandments; we have sinned, 
and have committed iniquity, and have 



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done wickedly, and 
have rebelled, even by 
departing from Thy 
judgments: neither 
have we hearkened 
unto Thy servants 
the prophets, which 
spake in Thy name to 
our kings, our prin- 
ces, and our fathers, 
and to all the people 
of the land . . . Neither 
have we obeyed the 
voice of the Lord our 
God, to walk in His 
laws, which He set 

before us by His servants the prophets . . . O Lord 
hear: O Lord, forgive: O Lord, hearken and do 
defer not, for Thine own sake, O my God: for Thi 
city and Thy people are called by Thy name' 
(Daniel 9:3-6, 10, 19). 

We predict that unless the people of AmericE 
shall turn their faces back to the Christ Whom 
they seem to have forsaken, singing and praying 
"God Bless America" will prove to be but singing 
and praying into the air. 




Dr. Louis S. Baumai 



Modernistic Preachers and Church Workers 
Vs. Juvenile Court Judges and Police 



In a single issue of the Protestant Voice (Nov. 26, 
1943) we read several articles dealing with the 
problem of juvenile delinquency and its cure. 
Strange to say that we found modernistic church 
leaders in favor of purely social youth entertain- 
ment programs as a cure, while judges and police 
officers were declaring that a return to the old-time 
religious faith based on individual regeneration 
was the only cure. Amazing, but true! 

For instance, a news item from Detroit, 
Michigan, dated November 26th, informs us that 
the Detroit Council of Churches held that "juvenile 
delinquency points to the woeful inadequacies of 
our churches in their present programs for serv- 
ing youth." This Council then urged development 
of the use of the parish house facilities to the end 
that they might be made "more attractive to the 
children and youth of the community." These 
facilities would include "soda bars," record players, 
gymnasium equipment, hobby shops, etc. 



Another news item of the same date told of the 
remedies for juvenile delinquencies suggested at 
the Southern California Conference on Christian 
Social Relations held in Los Angeles, under the 
auspices of the Church Federation of Los Angeles. 
Rev. John L. Mixon, Director of the Welfare of the 
Church Federation of Los Angeles, introduced the 
chairman of the recently organized Los Angeles 
Youth Activities Committee to appeal to the judges 
to "open their doors during the week to children 
of all creeds, letting them play in their 
playgrounds, their gymnasiums, etc." This Con- 
ference declared that youth "needs both physical 
and moral cleaning up" and urged that youth be 
given a free hand in making plans for community 
entertainment and recreation. It recommends that 
school facilities be made available for social func- 
tions and that teachers, community agencies, and 
service clubs be asked to help. 

Then in this same paper we read in another item 



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here Judge Mark W. Rhodes of the Marion Coun- 
i (Ind.) Juvenile Court declared that "children are 
inning the homes and the schools." He went on 
> say of the streams of juvenile delinquents who 
assed before him that "these children didn't 
now anything about their churches. The only 
ling that can check the wave of juvenile delin- 
uency is a religious regeneration and a return to 
le moral tenets of their fathers. This moral 
:surgence must come within the home, the 
:hool and the church." 

On another page we read that "Police Chiefs, the 
Duntry over, are seeking a cure for crime. Chief 
an E. L. Patch of Ypsilanti, Michigan, frankly 
knowledges that they are getting nowhere. He 
slieves there is but one way to combat the dead- 
perils of lawlessness, which menace our nation 
>day We need religion that checks crime at its 
mrce; he insists, in religion and the Bible we find 
le only cure for crime. . . . Delinquencies and 
•ime spread rapidly. The number of arrests is 
arming, and they represent, as a usual thing, 
ily the more advanced cases. Law enforcement 
|encies are doing what they can. We put the 



worst offenders through the 'spanking machine', 
use whatever force is necessary to keep the situa- 
tion in hand; but force alone is not a lasting cure. 
Punishment - various measures adopted by so- 
called law and order for deterring crime - always 
fails unless there is regeneration from within. 
Religion - the kind that exalts Jesus Christ as our 
personal Savior - offers the only solution." 

Rooted at the very heart of the problem of 
juvenile delinquency, according to Chief Patch, is 
"moral and spiritual breakdown in family life - in- 
difference to God and His laws . . . The Gospel puts 
the cure where it belongs ~ in the heart." 

What strange days are these upon which we 
have fallen, when preachers, religious teachers and 
workers, in conventions assembled, talk of "soda 
bars", record players, gymnasiums, hobby shops, 
supervised dancing, mountain hikes, school- 
ground recreation, and every what-not. as the solu- 
tion to the problems of sinning youth; and leave 
it to judges and police chiefs to exalt "religion - 
the kind that exalts Jesus Christ as our personal 
Savior - : ' as the only solution. 



Adolf Hitler "Spits In His Own Face' 9 



Here is the boast of Adolf Hitler with which the 
hole world was made acquainted quite some 
me ago: 

"Nothing will prevent me from tearing up Chris- 
inity, root and branch. . . . We are not out against 
hundred-to-one different kinds of Christianity, 
at against Christianity itself. All people who pro- 
ss creeds . . . are traitors to the people. Even those 
aristians who really want to serve the people we 
ill have to suppress. I myself am a heathen to the 
>re." 

How successful Adolf Hitler has been in making 
>od his boast may best be told by a chaplain in 
le of the camps of German prisoners in Ten- 
;ssee, who recently wrote: 



"I wish you could have been present to see with 
what avidity these books (Bibles) were received by 
these (German) prisoners of war. ... I am here to 
tell you that Hitler has not succeeded in 
eradicating the hope of the Christian faith from the 
hearts of his people." 

It is related that once upon a time the famous 
atheist. Tom Paine, who wrote the famous book 
known as "The Age of Reason," asked Benjamin 
Franklin what he thought of the book. The only 
reply from Franklin was: "Tom. he who spits 
against the wind spits in his own face." 

Atheists who are so prone to spit usually do that 
very thing - they spit in their own faces! 




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Noah Days Are Now Upon Us 

Reprinted from the Brethren Missionary Herald, September 30, 1944 



NOAH DAYS ARE NOW UPON US 

Our Lord, in one of his prophetic discourses, 
declared that the days of his coming would be like 
the days of Noah. "And as it was in the days of 
Noah, so shall it be also in the days of the Son 
of man" (Luke 17:26) And while it may be true that 
little is known about these days, it is still true that 
the average believer has enough information at his 
command to discern the signs of the times in 
which we are living. He is able to select the dead- 
ly parallel of our days with those days before the 
flood. There is one outstanding impression created 
in the minds of men by the mention of Noah Days, 
and that is sin. But the awful sinfulness of those 
days can scarcely be imagined by anyone, the 
taught or the untaught. And were it not for the fact 
that the major lines of descent into sin is a matter 
of divine accord, it is possible that the faithful 
would question the record. A careful perusal of the 
Genesis record is alarming, for it so closely approx- 
imates the days of our years. 

1. The sin of Noah's days was celestial in 
accentuation. In Genesis 6:2 it is recorded "That 
the sons of God saw the daughters of men". The 
introduction of this story into the Genesis account 
intimates that something unusual is to be an- 
nounced. And the thing that is unusual is un- 
doubtedly the relations between "the sons of God" 
and the "daughters of men". While there is great 
disagreement among the Bible scholars concern- 
ing the identity of "the sons of God", it must be 
admitted that the best argument supports the in- 
terpretation that these were fallen angels and not 
"Sethites". This interpretation is supported by the 
use of the phrase "sons of God" in Job 1:6; 2:1. It 
explains Jude 6, and gives a satisfactory explana- 
tion for the presence of giants in the earth accord- 
ing to verse 4. There is one reading in the Sep- 
tuagint version of the Old Testament that reads 
"the Angels of God". And one of the greatest 
philologists who ever lived declares that this 
phrase cannot be made to mean anything other 
than angels. If this is true, and there is great reason 
to believe that it is, there is here an explanation 
in part for the awful wickedness of those days. 

2. The sin of Noah's days was universal in 
extent. The record declares that these angels 
"took them wives" of all which they chose (Gen. 
6:2). This means that sin had permeated all socie- 
ty. The descendents of Seth as well as the 
descendents of Cain had fallen into sin. So univer- 
sal had become the sweep of sin, that there was 
only one man and his family who escaped. And 
even this man and his family did not entirely 



by Herman A. Hoyt, Th.Di 

President Emeritui 

Grace Theological Seminary 

and Grace College 



escape the contamina- 
tion of that sinful age. 
For after the flood, 
Noah fell into the sin of 
drunkenness, and one 
of his sons fell into un- 
nameable sin. The 
awful evidence of the 
depths of degenera- 
tion to which the 
antediluvian society 
has fallen is marked 
by the state of the 
women in that society. 
Here was a society of 
women which had 
fallen to such depths 
restraints of husbands, 




Herman A. Hoyt, Th.Di 



that they threw off th< 
fathers and home; unduh 
exposed themselves to public gaze; aroused the 
passions of angels; and actually submitted to con ; 
jugal relations with another order of beings. Tc 
these unions were born children, and in this en 
vironment of self-will and viciousness they grew 
up to outdo their mothers. The cup of iniquity if 
almost full when a situation like this exists. 

3. The sin of Noah's days was doctrinal in: 
expression. It was necessary for the Lord to re, 
mind some that his Spirit would "not always 
strive" with man (Gen. 6:3). The Spirit's work if; 
not some unintelligible influence brought to beai 
upon men solely from within. It is rather an iri| 
fluence brought to bear upon men through the 
process of the mind. Man is a creature endowec, 
with intelligence, and it is therefore logical tc- 
believe that God will seek to work through man's 
mind. Undoubtedly God strove with men througl 
the preaching of Noah (2 Peter 2:5). What it was | 
that Noah preached is not definitely stated. But the 
essence of it must have been that the flood was, 
coming upon wicked men. He believed that trutl 
and it was counted to him for righteousness, anc 
he built an ark to the saving of his family (Heb 
1 1:7). But others laughed it to scorn. And the Spiri 
ceased to strive with men when they were disobe 
dient to the warning. It was then that the floor 
came and took away all the ungodly of that genera 
tion (I Pet. 3:20). 

4. The sin of Noah's days was volitional is 
kind. In that day there were "men of renoun' 



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ien. 6:4). The origin of these leaders can be 
aced to the unnatural union between the fallen 
igels and the daughters of men. Probably verse 
ur should read, "There became giants in the 
irth in those days; and also after that, when the 
>ns of God came in unto the daughters of men, 
id they bare children to them, the same became 
lighty men, which were of old men of renown", 
his unholy and unnatural union produced 
nong men an unusual group of individuals who 
xentuated the sin of that day. These men were 
ants in stature ("giants"), giants in intellect 
mighty men"), and giants in fame ("men of 
mown"). Possessing huge bodies and enlarged 
lental capacity. It is not surprising that they rose 
i leadership and made contribution to that socie- 
\ But no matter what contribution they made to 
tat society they are remembered only for their 
nfulness. Being the offspring of an unholy union, 
ad being nurtured in an ungodly environment, 
ley led the people in open rebellion against God. 
:ter refers to them as "disobedient" (I Pet. 3:20), 
id by that word he means deliberate and deter- 
lined opposition to the will of God. 

5. The sin of Noah's days was total in per- 
Dnality. It is recorded further that the Lord 
ascribed the sinfulness of that day as extending 
i "every imagination" (Gen. 6:5). This does not 
iean a depraved heart, for all men have that, even 
oah. Total depravity does not mean that any man 
" men have committed all the sins in the gamut 
" sin. But it does mean that the human heart is 
lpable of all that, if time and circumstances pro- 
de opportunity. Nor does this charge mean that 
le antediluvians had degenerate minds. Of course 
tey had degenerate minds, for a sinful nature is 
iund to defile the thinking. But this statement 
eans far more than this. It rather refers to all that 
le mind produces -- every purpose, plan, passion, 
as debased. The thoughts, the feelings, the voli- 
ans were all low and vile. Every emotion that rose 
p within them was saturated with evil. Every pas- 
on that surged through them was infested with 
rtl. Every determination that carried them along 
as calculated to result in evil. In other words, the 
itire personality was given over to planning, 
Jrpetration and practice of evil in their daily lives. 

6. The sin of Noah's days was continual in 
ractice. The full extent of this sin is marked by 
ie phrase "only evil continually" (Gen. 6:5). 
oses was most certainly emphatic in this state- 
tent, as can be ascertained by referring to the 
"iginal Hebrew, for the phrase means "nothing 
it evil". The word "continually" is literally "the 
hole day". By this expression the Lord is descril 
ig the daily routine of the people of Noah's da 
rom morning till night and all the night thro 

ie functioning of the heart, and mind, and ■ 

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was one continual round of evil. A depraved heart 
controlled the mind and stimulated it to thought. 
The mind produced evil thoughts, plans, and pur- 
poses. The will, thus energized, excited passions 
and moved the body into action. And continually 
the whole day through that degenerate, degraded, 
debased, and despicable people practiced evil. 

7. The sin of Noah's days was intolerable 
in character. Moses records the Lord as saying, 
after viewing all this iniquity, "I will destroy man" 
(Gen. 6:7). The Lord "repented" that he had made 
man. This does not mean that he changed his pur- 
pose. But it does mean that he had to change his 
dealing with men. His purpose is eternal and 
ultimately he will work out his purpose with men. 
But toward some men he must change his deal- 
ings in order that he may realize his eternal pur- 
pose. He was "Grieved" that this was necessary. 
The intensity of this grief is marked by the fact 
that this word in the original is used to describe 
the pain of a woman in travail. Only God, who is 
sinless, can know the full horror of sin. And God 
could do nothing else but utterly destroy men from 
the face of the earth that this whole miasmal 
stench might be swept away. Every effort on the 
part of God to win mankind through generations 
had been deliberately, universally, and totally, re- 
jected. The state of sin had become intolerable, 
and there was nothing left but judgment. 

These are the days that are declared to be a pro- 
totype of the days of the endtime by none other 
than our blessed Lord himself. And this being true 
we can expect them to be fulfilled just as literally 
as they were in the days of Noah. Probably the 
awful fulfillment of this prophecy will not take 
place in completeness until after the Church is 
caught away to be with the Lord. But the very fact 
that these moral and spiritual conditions are to be 
repeated in days shortly preceding the coming of 
our Lord to earth in revealed glory, it is altogether 
possible that the symptoms of moral declension 
will be evident before the church is caught out of 
the world. One cannot study over the various 
aspects of wickedness in the antediluvian world 
without noting some deadly parallels today. Let 
every believer take heed to the times in which he 
lives. Some early morning the Bridegroom may 
call forth from the heavens for his bride. 



rid Is Preparing 
for Antichrist 

Familiar words concerning the Antichrist appear 

I. "Let no man deceive you by any 

thai day shall not come, except there 

first, and that man of sin be 

: tion: who opposeth and 



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exalteth himself above all that is called God, or 
that is worshipped so that he, as God, sitteth in 
the temple of God, shewing himself that he is 
God." We lay much emphasis upon the fact that 
the Antichrist will appear satanically energized for 
his career, but we fail utterly to realize that 
preceding and simultaneous with his appearance 
there is a great apostasy or "falling away" among 
men. Little do we realize that this great apostasy 
is the movement that sets the stage for the 
appearance of the "man of sin". This apostasy is 
none other than a departure from the generally 
accepted fundamentals of faith. And more than 
that, it is the falling away of mankind in general 
from the belief in a transcendent God, a God who 
is above, apart from, and over his creation. 
Supplanting this great fundamental truth is the 
doctrine that God is creation. That all is God and 
God is all. Since man is a part of creation, it will 
be very easy for a world of men who therefore hold 
that man is a part of God to accept a great man 
and confer upon him the deity. It will be to a world 
that is ready to receive a blaspheming creature 
that Antichrist will appear, and they receive him. 
Well did our blessed Lord remind the Jews, "I am 
come in my Father's name, and ye receive me 
not: if another shall come in his own name, him 
ye will receive" (John 5:43). 

The philosophy of pantheism is being pro- 
pagated from pulpit and platform, over the air and 
on the printed page, in the classroom and through 
the class text. It goes under a variety of names. It 
is sometimes recognized under the title of 
"humanism"; at others under the title of 
"naturalism", or "materialism", or "evolutionism", 
or "modernism". The philosophy is so subtle that 
few realize that it is making its sinister inroads 
upon their minds and heart. In essence it is lower- 
ing of the estimate of God and the exaltation of 
men. Grade school, high school, college, universi- 
ty, seminary, professional schools are almost all 
consciously or unconsciously inserting the dead- 
ly virus of this philosophy in the minds of people. 
And since the unregenerate and carnal heart pro- 
vide a fertile field in which this philosophy may 
grow, it is not surprising to find it sweeping the 
country. The result is a dangerous rebellion 
against the authority of God in matters of morals 
and a decided determination to make man the 
measure of his own morality. We are already see- 
ing the avalanche in the morals of society. And 
since the wind has been sown, we may expect to 
see the whirlwind appear. This betokens the near 
approach of the end of the age and the appearance 
of the "man of sin". 



Will the United Nations 
Win the Peace? 

Very recently, James A. Reed, 82, former 
Missouri senator, died. Senator Reed was an 
outspoken member of an outspoken team that* 
talked the League of Nations to death, and was 
therefore branded by the late President Woodrow 
Wilson as a leader of "the battalion of death." Mr.; 
Reed was more than convinced, after the fiasco of 
"the League of Nations to bring about world order," 
that all those who were developing plans for a 
worldwide order to be set up after World War II 
were visionaries. And he advanced two objections! 
to any postwar plan: first, no one had enough facts: 
to build any workable organization: and second, 
human nature would defeat any plan eventually, i 
even though it got off to a successful start. 

No one will accuse Mr. Reed of being of the holy 
persuasion. But any who knows the Word of God 
must admit that he spoke truth recorded in the 
word of God, and perhaps, he spoke better than he 
knew. It may be that Mr. Reed did not mean by his! 
objections precisely what an expositor of the word 
would mean, in case he were expressing himself 
on the same subject. But one must admit that as 
far as he went, he was speaking words which will 
be more than vindicated by the course of events 
within the near future. The past has already 
verified those words. But men are too blind, willful- 
ly blind, to read clearly the commentary of the 
past upon the fads and fancies of the present. On- 
ly the future can reveal conclusively to men who 
promulgate such plans their sheer nonsense. 

For those who are willing to read and believe the 
word of God the course of events through the im- 
mediate and remote future are clear. God alone 
must interfere directly in the affairs of men before 
any lasting peace will be won. This provides for the 
two objections which were so apparent to Mr. Reed. 
On the one hand God in the person of his Son will 
have all the facts at his disposal. He is the omnipo- 
tent and omniscient God, and it is He who will 
speak peace to the nations so that they learn war 
no more. Then too, this Mediatorial King has 
already laid the foundation for a kingdom of men 
and women who will have changed natures. When 
they enter the kingdom of God they will be born 
again. The saints will rule and reign with Christ. 
The priesthood will be pure and undefiled. And 
things that bring wars will be done away. It is true 
that these facts are tremendously humiliating to 
unregenerate men. And that explains why they 
shut their eyes to the truth and plunge on in their 
blind way to death and destruction. But to the 
redeemed, hope and an eager reaching forth 
toward the future and that Blessed Hope are in 
evidence. 



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FELLOWSHIP NEWS 



OLDEST MEMBERS 

Ruth Ashman , widow of Dr. Charles 
Ashman, Sr, and sister of the late Dr. 
Alva J. McClain, was honored recent- 
ly by the Grace Community Church 
of Seal Beach, CA, on occasion of her 
ninetieth birthday. Her sister, Mary 
Miller, age 95, was in attendance. 




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Mary Miller & Ruth Ashman 

Donald Shoemaker, Ruth's pastor, 
has appreciated the value of the 
oldest members of his congregation 
for their "rich reservoir of wisdom and 
life experiences." 

(Photo courtesy of Press Telegram, 
Long Beach, CA.) 

THE KING'S BRASS 

The Grace Brethren Church of 
Lititz, PA, sponsored the special 
night of music on August 9 at the Lititz 
Springs Park Bandshell. The King's 
Brass, under the direction of Tim Zim- 
merman who has recently accepted 
the position as Artist in 
Residence/Chairman of the Music 
Department at Grace College, 
Winona Lake, IN, presented a concert 
for the entire evening. This summer, 
the musical group has toured from 
New York to Chicago and from 
Philadelphia to St. Louis. 

99th Birthday 

Mrs. John F. (Elizabeth) Loose of 

the Grace Brethren Church of Mar- 
tinsburg, PA, has just celebrated her 
ninety-ninth birthday. She has been 



a lifelong member of the Brethren 
Church and has served as 
deaconess for many years. She still 
enjoys good health and lives an ac- 
tive life. (Submitted by her son 
Robert, of Murrysville, PA.) 




Elizabeth Loose 



NEW PASTOR 

Don Hinks is the new pastor of the 
Grace Brethren Church of Get- 
tysburg, PA. All mail should be sent 
to 24 Chambersburg St., Get- 
tysburg, PA 17325 (Tel. 717/334-1282 
or 717/334-8634). 

MARRIAGES 

LONGWORTH: Kimberly Rivera 
and Gregory Longworth, July 16, 
1988, in the Rainbow Grace 
Brethren Church, Ewa Beach, HI. 
Kip Coffman, pastor. 

MUNCH: Patricia Poe and Henry 
Munch, June 18, 1988, in the Grace 
Brethren Church of Hagerstown, 
MD. Pastor Robert Dell performed 
the ceremony. 

PLEGER: Vondalea Henninger and 
Jim Pleger, June 25, 1988, in the 
Grace Brethren Church of 
Hagerstown, MD. Ray Davis, pastor. 
SELBY: Sandra Rivetti and Daniel 
Selby, June 25, 1988, in the Subur- 
ban Grace Brethren Church of 



Hatboro, PA. Gary Gnagey, pastor. [ 

The following weddings were per', 

formed at the Grace Brethren Churci; 

of Columbus, OH. James Custei' 

pastor: 

Thomas and Leigh (Overmyer 

Emmons, March 5, 1988. Pasto ; 

Bernie Simmons. 

Daniel and Lisa (Eisenmann 

Moon, March 19, 1988. Pastor Rid' 

Nuzum. 

Paul and Michaelann (Namey 

Doherty, April 2, 1988. Pastor Rid 

Nuzum. 

William and Mary Anr 

(Shoemaker) Edwards, April 16i 

1988. Pastor Rick Nuzum. 

Thomas and Mary Joe (Seitz 

Runfola, May 14, 1988. Pastor Rich 

Nuzum. 

C. Michael and Linda (Bailey 

Bowman, May 20, 1988. Pastoii 

Bernie Simmons. 

Brian and Sue (Huffman) Judd 

June 4, 1988. Doug Forsythe, pastor, 

Mark and Janet (Walcott) Stanley, 

June 4, 1988. Pastor Bernie Simmons.: 

Bret and Wendy (Coons) Rochotte 

June 18, 1988. Dick Gauch, pastor. 

Keith and April (Ramey) Olds, June 

18, 1988. Pastor Rick Nuzum. 

Richard J. and Robin (Steckhan) 

Schuman, June 18, 1988. Pastor Jim 

Custer. 

DEATHS 

DRAPER, LAWRENCE, 77, July 25, 
1988. He was a member of the Grace 
Brethren Church of Hagerstown, MD. 
Ray Davis, pastor. 
IBACH, ROBERT, 78, August 21, 
1988. Rev. I bach served for several 
years as Director of Public Relations 
for the Christian Assembly and Bible 
Conference at Winona Lake, IN. 
Funeral services were conducted at 
the Pleasant View Bible Church, War- 
saw, IN, with Rev. Ivan French 
officiating. 



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FELLOWSHIP NEWS 



<ENT, ELEANOR, 86, June 27, 
1988. She was an aunt of Homer 
ind Wendell Kent, and a faithful 
nember of the Winona Lake Grace 
3rethren Church, Winona Lake, IN. 
Charles Ashman, pastor. 

.EPPERT, DAVID W., 20, July 12, 
I988. He was a vital part of the 
nusic ministry and served in various 
)ositions of the Grace Brethren 
Dhurch of Fort Lauderdale, FL. 
Stephan Edmonds, pastor. 

i/IILLER, JOHN F., 62, July 2, 1988. 
He was a lay elder of the Vicksburg 
3race Brethren Church of 
Hollidaysburg, PA. Robert Griffith, 
jastor. 

DRNDORFF, WILLIAM R., 69, July 
>, 1988. He was an active member 
)f the Grace Brethren Church of 
Hagerstown, MD. Ray Davis, pastor. 

JTARBUCK, JAMES H., 75, July 4, 
I988. He was an active part of the 
nusic ministry and over the years 
served in various positions within 
he Grace Brethren Church of Fort 
.auderdale, FL. Stephan Edmonds, 
)astor. 

VRAY, JOHN, 78, June 1, 1988. He 
vas a faithful member of the Winona 
.ake Grace Brethren Church, 
Vinona Lake, IN. Charles Ashman, 
>astor. 



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tobesonia, PA 19551. 

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Id., Johnson City, TN 37601. 

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Lakeland, FL 33813. 

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Administration Blvd., Winona Lake, IN 
46590. 

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saw, IN 46580. 

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Dr., Winona Lake, IN 46590. 

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Cross Lanes, WV 25313. 

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24153. 



Winona Lake Christian 

Assembly Merged Into 

Grace Schools 

On July 18, 1988, the Board of the 
Winona Lake Christian Assembly, 
Winona Lake, Indiana, voted to 
approve a resolution to formally 
merge the Assembly and Grace 
Schools. On July 30, 1988 the Board 
of Grace Schools accepted the 
resolution and voted to proceed with 
finalizing the merger. The original 
agreement between the two groups 
was made in 1968. 

The use of the facilities of the 
Assembly will be undergoing a 
feasibility study during the next year. 
The Winona Hotel is completing all 
agreements that were previously 
made, and closed to some public 
functions after September 4th. The 
Billy Sunday Tabernacle was used 
very little during the 1988 Bible Con- 
ference Season. (Extensive roof 
renovation would be required for the 
Billy Sunday Tabernacle, this coupled 
with the Winona Hotei repairs 
provements would amount 
hundred thousand dollars 
to preliminary cos 

The Grace 
will meet at Win 
the 1989 Naur 
ingthis 



made as to the future of National 
Conference and where it will meet. 

Moody Bible Conference, which 
has met at Winona Lake for about fif- 
ty years, will be having their Con- 
ference in Michigan in 1989. 

The Winona Lake Historical Society 
has expressed their concern for the 
future of the present buildings, and 
particularly the Billy Sunday 
Tabernacle. 



The Word -- 

Continued from page 18 

from the church which is 
content to eat the Bread of 
Life in solitary selfishness. 
Now it is no secret that the 
group of churches support- 
ing this magazine, although 
numerically about half of 
The Brethren Church, never- 
theless give at least ninety 
percent of the missionary of- 
ferings. This fact is pointed 
out to show the absolute 
necessity for a magazine 
which will give proper em- 
phasis to the cause of mis- 
sions, not to boast of what 
we have done. As a matter of 
fact, in the face of the world's 
desperate need, we have 
done nothing worth boasting 
about. But since we have 
made a good beginning in 
the matter of carrying the 
gospel to a lost world, we 
need a magazine which will 
jealously guard this mis- 
sionary interest and seek to 
increase it in coming days. 
There is a type of thought in 
some so-called Brethren 
churches which is satisfied 
to devote its energies and 
funds upon its own selfish 
welfare and comfort. It 
should be the business of 
this magazine to fight 
against all such tendencies 
without ceasing. For the end 
of these things is death to 
the church. He that would 
save his life shall lose it.B 



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EDITORIAL 




Conference 

in the Desert 



The National Conference of 
1988 will long be remembered 
for the sheer beauty of its setting. 
Palm Desert is one of the more 
beautiful resort centers of the 
Southwest with manicured 
lawns and golf courses. The Mar- 
riott Desert Springs Resort of- 
fered a lobby with marble and its 
own boat dock; its atrium 
seemed to soar to the sky. There 
were even palm trees, swans and 
exotic birds and a manikin that 
played the piano by the hour and 
never tired. The meeting rooms 
with the glass chandeliers made 
it all very classy. 

But there were other things to 
remember as well. The program 
planning brought us two of the 
most outstanding Christian per- 
sonalities of the day. Chuck Col- 
son of Watergate and the Nixon 
era exemplifies what God can do 
in bringing change. His words of 
instruction and warning of the 
needs of our present society in 
itself made the trip to the desert 
well worth the effort. I have heard 
Mr. Colson a number of times, he 
speaks as a person of God with 
the concerns of humanity and its 
needs. His background gives him 
a most unique perspective. 

The Conference was about 
concern and compassion. Joni 
Eareckson Tada is the living em- 
bodiment of concern. Her per- 
sonal experiences and her inter- 
nal struggle to find God's will 
and peace can bring the tears 
rolling down your cheeks in 
warm little streams. Our lives as 
believers from time to time are 



by Charles W. Turner 



challenged by touches of ex- 
periences that are bitter to taste 
and hard to understand. Joni 
helped us all to see how such 
challenges can be met. She open- 
ed the door of her heart and let 
us all look in and it helped to give 
understanding and concern. 

Joni met with Cosy Pittman 
for lunch and they permitted me 
the intrusion of a picture session. 
It became clear to me in the 
minutes that I spent with them, 
they were binding their hearts 
together in a common under- 
standing. 

It was a conference 

characterized by a 

seeking of the role of 

the Brethren church 

in the last decade. 

of this century. 

The Conference moved quickly 
and with good leadership in all of 
the areas that are involved at 
such functions. The business 
meetings, ministers' meetings, 
WMC and men's meetings 
covered their business in good 
sessions. There was time to see 
the area and do what Brethren 
probably do best - FELLOW- 
SHIP. 

It was a conference charac- 
terized by a seeking of the role of 
the Brethren Church in the last 
decade of this century. It sought 
to bring us into reality with the 
world in which we live. It dealt 
with our emotions and mental 



processes as a unit. We talked 
tentatively with words like AIDS! 
and the people who have it. W( 
were very cautious. We talked o 1 
prison ministries and the sic! 
and the shut-ins and th« 
minorities that in many parts o' 
our country are the majorities! 
This is new territory for aj 
Fellowship which has lived with, 
its attention centered on a 
theological mentality ancj 
systematic theology as its core} 
We are looking at what we once 1 
scorned and ridiculed as the land 
of the liberal. We are not too cer- 
tain in this new land and ouij 
road map is still a little blurry. 
Time will tell what it all means. 

The Conference was not issue 1 
- oriented as it has been in the ( 
past. In fact, as we look back; 
from the viewpoint of several! 
weeks time, what we did not say! 
or spend time with may tell us: 
more than what we did say. Noti 
much attention was given to the, 
falling membership rolls or the; 
largest expenditure of money! 
over income in a single year in 
our history. We hardly noted the 
list of churches that have 
changed their names - dropping 
the word "Brethren" and placing 
emphasis on the name "Grace". 
Finances and membership will 
have to wait for another day in 
the sun. We left the desert with 
a warm glow of a notable Na- 
tional Conference and a church 
that is going through sharp 
change. 

That seems to be about it for 
the 1988 Conference. M 



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TABLE OF CONTENTS 



Brethren Missionary 



Usher Charles W. Turner 

suiting Editor 

Hart & Hart 
Advertising 

nter BMH Printing 

jartment Editors: 

hrlstian Education 

Ed Lewis 
Brad Skiles 

oreign Missions 

Tom Julien 

Karen Bartel 
trace Schools 

John Davis 
Joel Curry 
lome Missions 

Robert W. Thompson 
Liz Cutler 
Vomen's Missionary Council 

Linda Unruh 

ver Photo: 

lop) The Marriott Desert 
iprings Resort where the con- 
;rence was held. At lower left 
re three National WMC officers: 
left to right) Mrs. Betty Ogden, 
'resident: Mrs. Margie Devan, 
iast president: and Mrs. Lillian 
eeter. Literature Secretary. In 
he lower right corner (left to 
ight) are Rev. Dean Fetterhoff, 
987-88 Moderator, and Dr. John 
I. Davis, 1988-89 Moderator, 
'hotos by Charles W. Turner 

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Volume 50 No. 10 



October 15, 1988 




2 Editorial 

Conference 
in the Desert 

Charles W. Thrner 
4 Devotional 

A Time 

to Rest in Him 

Raeann Hart 
7 Grace Schools 

News Update 



10 BEM 

The Power of 
a Lay Ministry 

A. Ford Madison 

12 CE 

Your Prayers 
Produced Results 



14 Fellowship News 

The House that 
Love Built 

Janice Borgman 



WMC ^ 15 Fellowship News 

National WMC Southview Grace 

President's Brethren 

Address Celebrates 30th 

Mrs. Fred w. Devan, Jr. Anniversary 



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16 Current Christian Issues 

AIDS and the 
Buena Vista 
Church 

Ann (Teel) Wharton 

18 Home Missions 
Navajo Teens 
Attend BNYC 

Dino Butler 

19 Home Missions 

Conference Review 



22 Foreign Missions 

A Heart to 
Challenge 
the World 

25 Fellowship News 

Conference 
Snapshots 




/RALD/ October 15, 1988 



DEVOTIONAL 



A Time to Rest in Him 



Lord, I'm tired. The worries of this day and the 
concerns about others have exhausted me. I feel like 
I am in the Autumn of my life and I should be ex- 
periencing Your harvest time. What does your Word 
have to say to me? Where is Your comfort? 

"There is a time for everything, and a 

season for every activity under heaven. 

a time to be born and 

a time to die, 

a time to plant and 

a time to uproot," 

Ecclesiastes 3:1,2 

Lord, your Word says there is a time -- Your 
time -- for everything. Help me to remember that 
everything is in Your hands. 

After the flood you gave Noah a promise. You 
said, 

"As long as the earth endures, 

seedtime and harvest, 

cold and heat, 

summer and night 

will never cease." Genesis 8:22 

Lord, you have promised that as long as this earth 
endures, I will be able to look forward to your 
beautiful fall every year. I can count on it! I can look 
forward to seedtime and harvest each year. And you 
have given the plants an opportunity to rest in You 
each winter. They are promised this rest as long as 
the earth endures. 

Just as you give the plants a rest, You have pro- 
mised us rest. 

Jesus said, "Come to me, all you who are weary 
and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my 
yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle 
and humble in heart, and you will find rest for 
your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden 
is light" Matthew 11:28-30 

Even better than promising us rest, you have pro- 
mised us leaves that will not wither. 
"Blessed is the man 

who does not walk in the counsel 

of the wicked 
or stand in the way of sinners 

or sit in the seat of mockers. 
But his delight is in the law of the Lord. 

and on his law he meditates day 
and night. 
He is like a tree planted by streams 

of water, 
which yields its fruit in season 

and whose leaf does not wither. 
Whatever he does prospers." 

Psalm 1:1-3 

RALD/ October 15, 1988 



Lord, help me to meditate on Your law day and 
night. Help me to avoid the counsel of the wicked 
and worldly, but find Your wisdom through Your 
Word. Thank you for promising that I will yield fruit 
in season. 

Jesus said, "J am the true vine, and my Father 
is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that 
bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear 
fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruit- 
ful. You are already clean because of the word I 
have spoken to you. Remain in me, and I will re- 
main in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it 
must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit 
unless you remain in me. 

"I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man 
remains in me and I in him, he will bear much 
fruit; apart from me you can do nothing." 

John 15:1-5 

Heavenly Father, thank You for pruning me so I 
can bear more fruit for You. Help me to remain in 
you as a vine entwines itself around a tree or fence, 
wrapped up in Your love, inseparable from You. 

Thank You for the glorious fall, the beautiful col- 
ors, the quietness of footsteps on the fallen leaves. 
Thank You for the rest You will give to the trees this 
winter and the rest you have promised to us. 

Help us to remember that as long as we abide in 
You, You will give us the rest we need and the fruit- 
ful ministry that will glorify You. 



The Glory of God's Autumn 

Raeann Hart 

The bronze and golden leaves will fall 

gracefully to the ground. 
Where wind will toss them, 

children kick them, 
jump in them. 
Grown ups will rake them, 

pile them, 
burn them. 
And the fragrance will Jill the air 

as a sweet smelling offering to You. 

Lord, help my troubles to be like the leaves. 

While I pray to you, let my worries fall 

gracefully to the ground. 
Where You will burn them. 

Let the fragrance of their burning fill 
the air as a sweet smelling offering to You. 

And, l<ord, after I have given my problems to You, 
fcrgivt me for trying to take them back again. 



BRETHREN MISSIONARY HERALD 




Remember this copy in the 
November 1987 Herald? 

Join Me in 
Reading I 

through the 
Bible this 
coming Year! 

-- Charles W. Turner 

It Is Now October 1988 

I am pleased to tell you that at least 500 to 600 persons made the step to read through] 
the Bible in 1988. I am also very happy to report that on September 30th I finished 
reading through the Bible. It was a delightful experience. Along the way we received 
many letters from persons who had completed their readings. Some ofthemfinishedi 
back in April and May. 

I am convinced the reading of the Word of God on a regular basis is one of the best\ 
ways to grow in the Christian life. 

I set out to find another good method of having a reading program, and came across 
the Daylight Devotional Bible. It has a number of excellent features with 366 devo- ! 
tions suited for every occasion. The Daylight Devotional Bible has two reading pro-] 
grams, one for a complete reading of the Bible in a year. The other program enables: 
you to read the Bible through in six months - it highlights the outstanding chapters 
and is designed for the very busy person. 

I have purchased 1,000 copies of the Daylight Devotional 
Bible in the NIV version and have had it imprinted with the 
BMH logo. We hope that you will join with us in using this 
material or any other that will get you involved. 

The Daylight Devotional Bible sells for $12.95 and is\ 
available in lots of 5 or more at $10.00 each. Join with members 
of a Sunday School Class or family to read through the Bible 
next year. (Postage is $1.00 per book). 

HERALD BOOKSTORE 




Incidentally. I had a new 
picture taken this year! 
This is how I look now. I 
feel better about telling you. 



P.O. Box 544 

Winona Lake, IN 46590 

1-800-348-2756 



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GRACE SCHOOLS 



Grace Schools News 



Rev. Dick Honored 

Reverend Paul Dick received special recognition 
t Grace Schools Convocation on September 2, 
'988, at Rodeheaver Auditorium, Winona Lake, IN. 
lev. Dick retired from the schools' Board of 
Trustees in August of 1988 after 40 years of ser- 
vice. During that time, he served as Chairman of 
jhe Board for 10 years, from 1956 to 1966. 
\ In addition to his service on the Board, Rev. Dick 
vas pastor of the Winchester, VA, Grace Brethren 
vhurch for 40 years before retiring in 1981. In 
.958 he was elected moderator of the Fellowship 
>f Grace Brethren Churches and has served on the 
irethren Home Missions Council Board of Direc- 
ors for 40 years. Since his retirement from the 
oastorate, he has served in various churches as an 
nterim pastor and currently is Minister of Visita- 
ion at Winona Lake Grace Brethren Church, 
Vinona Lake, IN. 

I Results of Board Election 



; 



According to Dr. John J. Davis, President of 



xrace Schools, eight members of the Board of 
frustees whose terms expired this year have been 
eelected. Board members serve a three year term. 
,?he following men were re-elected to terms that 
vill end in 1991: John Armstrong, Wooster, OH; 
)r. Robert Boze, Berne, IN; Rev. Ronald Guiles, Ft. 
iVorth, TX; Dr. Donald Hedrick, Whittier, CA; 
Richard Holmes, Smithville, OH; Thomas Homey, 
rtiddlebranch, OH; Rev. Clyde Landrum, Winona 
.ake, IN; and Rev. Jerry Young, Lititz, PA. 
I Dr. Richard Mayhue, Long Beach, CA, was new- 
y elected to the Board of Trustees. 

European Extension 
Graduates Three 

Three students graduated last month with a 
;)iploma in Biblical Studies from the seminary's 
European Extension in southern France. The 
■eminary's Vice President for Academic Affairs, 
5 rof. David R. Plaster, presented the diplomas at 
ceremonies August 12. 

The three are Valerie Franchi, from Rome, who 
s engaged in translating books and Christian 
education curricular materials for evangelical 
churches in Italy; Angel Jimenez, elder in 
Madrid church; and Elizabeth Schmid, a £ 
medical doctor now serving with Grace Breti 
"oreign Missions in the Central African Rep 



Belles' Summer Tour 

The "Grace Belles" handbell choir from Grace 
College this year conducted its second concert tour 
of the country of Chile. 

The three-week tour, which took place in late- 
May and early June, featured 47 concerts by the 
handbell choir at many locations, including 
schools, universities, and military installations. 

Spreading the gospel, in written and musical 
form, is the main objective of the Belles' visits to 
South America, according to Mrs. Ethel Anderson, 
director of the handbell choir. Because of the 
unique form of music the group presents, she said, 
they have been able to appear and distribute New 
Testaments in several areas that have not been 
open to Christian missionaries. 

The Belles presented concerts from Temuco in 
the south to La Serena, 700 miles to the north in 
the long, narrow country. 




A group of students at one of the Belles' concerts. 



Pastoral Advising 
Positions Open 

Grace Seminary needs help on its Main Campus 
from successful pastors in the northern Indiana 
region. The new seminary curriculum emphasizes 
biweekly meetings between small groups of upper- 
level M.Div. students and successful pastors. The 
meetings will include fellowship and chapels, as well 
as classes dealing with discipling in the local church 
environment. 

Contact with successful pastors is an essential ele- 
ment in the curriculum according to Prof. David R. 
Plaster, the seminary's vice president for academic 
affairs. He said that pastors wishing to take part in 
the process should have at least five years of ex- 
perience and now hold the senior pastor position in 
al church. Qualified pastors within reasonable 
g distance of the seminary and who may be 
seed in applying for one of the pastoral advis- 
: ions should contact Prof. Plaster at 200 
ive, Wine i Lake, IN 46590. 



BALD/ October 15, 1988 



WOMEN'S MISSIONARY COUNCIL 



National WMC 

President's Address 

i 

by Mrs. Fred W. Devan, Jr. 



"Mount Climbing" has been our theme this past 
year as we have studied the very practical 
teachings of Jesus -- that being angry with a 
brother is a serious offense with consequences, 
that God won't accept our gifts if we have dif- 
ferences among ourselves, that we should be 
known for our truthfulness so that it isn't 
necessary for us to swear, that we should love those 
who hate and persecute us. that we should strive 
to be as perfect as it is possible for a redeemed sin- 
ner to be. since our Heavenly Father is perfect. He 
taught us how to pray, to lay up treasure in heaven, 
not on this earth, not to worry about our physical 
needs since our Heavenly Father knows our needs 
better than we do, not to criticize until we have first 
examined our own lives. He promised to hear and 
answer our prayers and assured us that our 
Heavenly Father enjoys giving us good gifts. This 
is just a sampling of the richness of the Sermon 
on the Mount. Matthew tells us that "When Jesus 
had finished saying these things, the crowds 
were amazed at his teaching, because he taught 
as one who had authority, and not as their 
teachers of the law." (Matt. 7:28, 29 NIV) 

We must come down and be busy 

about the work 

He has called us to do. 

When He came down from the mountain, 
crowds of people were waiting for Him and im- 
mediately they began to make demands upon 
Him. For the next three years, He was busy call- 
ing and training disciples, healing the sick, rais- 
ing the dead, driving out demons and teaching 
about the Kingdom that is yet to come. He ex- 
perienced great success as crowds came to hear 
Him teach and follow everywhere He went. He gave 
of Himself until He was physically and spiritually 
exhausted and had to take time away from the 
crowds to rest and pray. 

He also experienced discouragement as when 
He visited Nazareth, his hometown, for the last 
time. The response there was, "Where did this 
man get this wisdom and these miraculous 
powers? Isn't this the carpenter's son? Isn't his 
mother's name Mary, and aren't his brothers 
James, Joseph, Simon and Judas? Aren't all his 



sisters with us? Where then did this man get al 
these things?' And they took offense at him. Bu. 
Jesus said to them, 'Only in his hometown anc' 
in his own house Is a prophet without honor.' Anc 
he did not do many miracles there because q] 
their lack of faith." (Matt. 13:54-58 NIV) 

He experienced discouragement at the murdei 
of his cousin. John the Baptist, the exhilaratior' 
of riding into Jerusalem to the shouts of "Hosan 
na to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes 
in the name of the Lord!" (Matt. 21:9 NIV) Yet asj 
He experienced that triumphal entry, I'm sure He 
knew that very soon those same people would be 
shouting, "Crucify Him! Crucify Htm!" 

Just as Jesus came down from the mountain- 
top to experience acceptance, discouragement, 
great popularity, and rejection, we as Christians 
will experience ups and downs in our lives. It's 
wonderful to stand on top of a mountain and look 
out over the vastness and beauty of God's creation, 
but we won't accomplish a lot for our Lord if we 
stay there. We must come down and be busy about 
the work He has called us to do. It won't be easy. 
There will be times when we will be physically and 
spiritually exhausted and like Jesus, we'll have to 
take time out to rest and pray. There will be times 
when we experience great success and acceptance 
by those we are working with, but those times may ( 
be followed by ones of great discouragement. It will | 
be then that we learn to trust Him more. 

In our Grace Brethren Fellowship, we have been 
greatly blessed by seeing God work through our 
ministries here and abroad. In a recent Herald, it ( 
thrilled my heart to read of the Filipino believer 
who burned all his household idols and worship 
relics, to see a picture of thirty-eight Japanese wor- 
shipping in a Grace Brethren Church, and to read 
how God is changing lives through Home Mission 
churches in Pennsylvania and Maine. 

The telephone woke me one June morning. It 
was Tom Julien calling to tell me that there was 
an urgent need for prayer. Ibrahim, a Moslem 
believer in the CAR, had been captured by his 
former associates and they were threatening to ' 
poison him unless he removed his faith in Christ. 
I promised to pray and spread the word so that 
others could join in prayer for this Christian 
brother. A few minutes later I was downstairs with 
my Annual in hand ready to begin making 



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WOMEN'S MISSIONARY COUNCIL 



elephone calls. The thought came to me that I 
nust have dreamed it. Things like this don't hap- 
aen today. As I told this story on the phone to WMC 
officers, pastors, and Christian friends, cold chills 
rame over me. Unfortunately, things like this do 
lappen. What a thrill it was to hear a week later 
hat God had protected this man and he was back 
aome with his family. We have a God who hears 
and answers our prayers. 

There are some critical needs before us today, 
breign Missions. Home Missions, Grace Schools, 
and Grace Brethren Boys are all facing financial 
arises. We need to come boldly before the throne 
of God and trust Him to meet those needs. We also 
aeed to give sacrificially so that these needs can 
oe met and these wonderful programs can con- 
tinue. We must remember the words of Jesus, "Ask 
and it shall be given you." (Matt. 7:7) "Do not store 
■^p for yourselves treasures on earth . . . but store 
yip for yourselves treasures in heaven . . ." (Matt. 
p:19, 20) 

As WMC women, we have much to praise the 
u>rd for. I wish all of you could be present in our 
Vational Board meeting preceding Conference and 
f aear the reports of District Presidents as they tell 
}f the many, many projects that WMC councils 
aave completed during the year. Much has also 
aeen accomplished on District and National levels. 
Thanks to each of you for your faithfulness to the 
^ord in supporting our home and foreign mis- 
sionaries, the Navajo mission, Grace Schools, our 
Christian Education Department, SMM, your 
district camps and local churches. I am sure that 
jnly in eternity will we know the full impact of 
hese ministries. 

\ In the coming year, a new challenge is before us 
\- "Getting It All Together - Growing Up In Him", 
jrace Brethren devotional and missions writers 
.vill challenge us to spiritual growth. The format 
vill be a bit different and I think you will enjoy the 
:hange. Our program committee is working very 
lard to give us excellent materials to work with. 
?lease use their suggestions, but make it fit the 
aeeds and abilities of your ladies. 
I I pray that when we meet together next year, 
oecause of the blessings as well as the 




discouragements that have come our way, we will 
be more like our Lord, and will have "grown up" 
in Him. 

This conference brings to a close a chapter of my 
life. It has been my joy the past several years to 
serve as District President. National Secretary and 
National President. There have been times of 
disappointment, frustration and discouragement, 
but they have been far outweighed by the ways that 
I have seen the Lord work and bless and meet 
needs. I have thoroughly enjoyed meeting so many 
of you and fellowshipping with you either by let- 
ter or in person. I have enjoyed working with the 
other National officers and District Presidents. 
They have been an encouragement to me. Thank 
you for allowing me to serve in this way. My life 
has been richer because of it. 




Mrs. Fred Devan Jr. IMargiel. National WMC 
President, originally from Roanoke. Virginia is now 
pastor's wife of the GBC in Clearbrook. Virginia. A 
Grace College graduate, she has taught in public 
and private schools in Roanoke. Virginia and War- 
saw. Indiana, and at the Grace Brethren School of 
Temple Hills. Maryland. 



WMC District Presidents 



1988-89 
National WMC Officers 



President: Mrs. Betty Ogden. 8400 Good Luck Road. 
Lanham. Maryland 20706 (301) 552-9660 

1st Vice President: Miss Isobel Fraser. 5014 Old 
Maysville Road. Fort Wayne, Indiana 46815 (219) 
493-6282 

2nd Vice President Mrs. Janet Minnix. 3314 Kenwick 
Trail. SW. Roanoke. Virginia 24018 (703) 774-4078 

Secretary: Mrs. Debbie Adams. RD 4. Box 93A. Kittan- 
ning. Pennsylvania 16201 (412) 763-3497 

Assistant Secretary: Mrs. Nancy Eshleman. 3395 
Bossier Rd.. Elizabethtown, PA 17022 (717) 367-7771 

Financial-Secretary-Treasurer: Miss Joyce Ashman. 

602 Chestnut Avenue. Winona Lake. Indiana 46590 

(219) 267-7588 

Assistant s inancial-Secretary-Treasurer: Mrs. 

Donna Miller. R.R. 8. Box 277. Warsaw. Indiana (219) 

267-2533 

Uter? -nre Secretary: Mrs. Lillian Teeter. 2706 Sharon 

Vtnona Lake. Indiana 46590 (219) 267-5513 

nsver Chairman: Mrs. Ruth Snyder. 901 Robson 
:ona Lake. Indiana 46590 (219) 267-3234 

5 C ^ica Unruh, 1205 Park Avenue. Winona 
19) 269-5727 



RALD/ October 15, 1988 



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BRETHREN EVANGELISTIC MINISTRIES 



The Power of a Lay Ministry 



by A. Ford Madison 



I am convinced of the power of the lay person in 
ministry. It was through a lay person that I was 
reached for Christ. 

In 1955. after moving from west Texas to Col- 
orado Springs. Colorado, in order to go into 
business for myself, my wife. Barbara, and I started 
attending one of the downtown churches. We 
chose that church because our children didn't cry 
when we left them at the nursery! 

Barbara and I figured that the answer to hap- 
piness in life was to be independently wealthy. 
Then we met Lt. Col. Jo-Jo White, the president 
of our Sunday school class who had played foot- 
ball at Texas A&M. the school I too had attended. 

He had a quality to his life that was attractive 
to me. He openly identified himself with Christ, 
and he seemed to have a grip on real happiness. 
One day after class I told him. "There must be 
something here: everybody seems to be excited. 
But there must be something I'm not seeing." 

"I'm not adequate, but God is. 
I can't do it, but He can!" 

So Jo-Jo started coming to our home once a 
week for a Bible study. I would argue with him. but 
he'd just reply. "Let's look in the Scriptures and 
see what they say." 

Over several months of studying the Bible, I 
started to change from the inside out. I realized 
that being a Christian was not what I could do. but 
what had been done for me in Christ's death on 
the cross and his resurrection. I learned that I 
needed a relationship with Him. 

I don't remember the exact time I crossed the 
line, but based on the evidence in my changing life, 
I knew I had experienced a spiritual rebirth. 

Six months later, after attending a Christian 
conference. Barbara invited Christ into her life. 
From then on. our family and our business 
changed dramatically. We have been growing ever 
since. 

We read in 2 Corinthians 3:5: "Not that we are 
sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of 
ourselves: but our sufficiency is of God." (KJV) I 
discovered that Christian maturity comes not by 
independence from God. but by growing more and 
more dependent on Him and His indwelling 
presence. I'm not adequate, but God is. I can't do 
it. but He can! 

Over the years Barbara and I have been 



involved in personal evangelism and small group 
Bible studies. Barbara's primary affinity group is 
her tennis league. She and three of her Christian 
friends in the group pray for the other women and 
plan different events to present the Gospel to theii 
friends. 

On Wednesday mornings a small Bible study 
group meets in my office. It is comprised mostly 
of my friends in business. Regularly the Lore 1 
brings me into contact with people who need Him 
I look for opportunities to build relationships with 
them and to share the Good News. 

Seeing the miracle of a 180-degree change thai 
Christ brings to a person's life gives me great joy. 
I think of a man I worked for in Nicaragua who ir 
those days carried a pistol: now he carries a Bible 
I also think of an attorney who was so private thai; 
he once wrote his personal philosophy and hid it in 
the bottom drawer of his file cabinet and wouldn'l, 
let his wife or anyone else know what his real' 
thoughts were. Today he's open with his beliefs and 
leads retreats for married couples and small groups. 
This vision of helping ordinary men and women 
to follow Christ in daily life and to be fruitful foi 
Him has broadened as I have been to differenl 
regions in the world where the Christian faith 
seems to be growing the fastest. 

As senior associate for the Lausanne Commit- 
tee for World Evangelization. I have been visiting 
the 15 countries of the world where the Christian 
faith is growing the fastest, because Dr. C. Petet 
Wagner has said that the leadership in the fastest- 
growing countries is not clergy-centered but lay 
led. Our effort is to learn from them things thai 
might help lay people in the United States and in' 
other countries to function for Christ. 

Four observations common to the countries | 
visited in Latin America are: God is working in 
the midst of social discomfort and upheaval: 
God is using the practice of principles such &s 
prayer, Bible study, unity, integrity and faith 
God is honoring a clear presentation of the 
message of the cross; and God is working 
through available messengers in the culture 
especially the laity. 

One of the reasons lay people in Latin America 
are so effective is that they are in contact witl 
those who need to hear the Gospel. Too often, peo 
pie might know something about the good seed 
know something of the Creator of the seed, bu 
they are not in contact with the soil where the seec 
needs to be planted. 



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While I was in Peru, I met a missionary' with the 
Assemblies of God. His passion is to help others 
reach the unreached. He said that when he visits 
the United States, he notes how Christians tend 
to talk about side issues. But "in Peru," he said, 
'"we do not have the luxury of secondary issues." 
Then he told me of the assassination of 40 
Assemblies of God pastors in his country. 

God has a ministry for everyone. 

I don't want to be distracted but to focus on 
whether people know Christ or don't know Him. 
I don't want to be trapped in a Christian subculture 
.that is insulated from hurting, unbelieving people 
who desperately need to understand the grace of 
God. 

Lay people can make a significant impact 
worldwide for Christ by heading overseas as 
modern-day tentmakers. Missiologists say that by 
the year 2000. 86 percent of the unbelieving peo- 
ple in the world will be in access-restricted nations 
where traditional missionaries cannot go. 

I believe that one of the mission strategies we 
need is for lay people to use their professions, their 
business credentials and other skills as their 
passports to enter these access-restricted nations. 
There, on a one-to-one basis, they can present the 
Gospel and make disciples. In this way. ever." 
believer has the potential to help change the work 

God has a ministry for everyone. He 
endowed each of us with natural abilities a 
spiritual gifts, and He wants to use us if 
■ available to Him. 

We read in Ephesians 4:11-13: "It was ! 



gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, 
some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors 
and teachers, to prepare God's people for works 
of service, so that the body of Christ may be built 
up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the 
knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, 
attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of 
Christ." (NTV) 

These verses teach that, while God has placed 
speciallv gifted people in the Body to equip or- 
dinary believers to do the work of the ministry, we 
as laymen and laywomen are the ones responsi- 
ble for doing the ministry. 

Another passage of Scripture that crystalizes for 
me the definition of ministry is 2 Corinthians 5. 
We read that God has given to us "the ministry 
of reconciliation." Then, God has given to us "the 
message of reconciliation." And. finally. "We are 
therefore Christ's ambassadors." I call these the 
three m's - the ministry, the message, and we're 
the method. They're all attached to "anyone . . . 

in Christ." 

My most productive time in ministry- has been 
investing mvself one-to-one in a few individuals 
who are able to go out and be effective witnesses 
to Jesus Christ. To me this is the highest form of 
spiritu ity 



' adison is president of Surety Development Corpora- 
Barbara, have five children^They live 
i Mend Highland Park Presbyterian 



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GBC CHRISTIAN EDUCATION 



Your Prayers Produced Results 

Decisions Made At Brethren National Youth Conference 

July 31-August 5, 1988 




ns*f^ 



Here are some of the hundreds of decisions 
made at the Brethren National Youth Conference: 

/ plan to have a real burden for the unsaved 
and to reach out to my friends and witness. 

I plan to help more in our youth group and 
have a better attitude about things. I have to start 
praying more. 

The greatest thing that happened to me this 
week is that I'll stop giving in to peer pressure 
and help others do the same. I would like to tell 
others about God. 

I'm going to try to 
get my priorities 
straight and go to 
church and par- 
ticipate more in our 
youth group. 

I want to make 
some bad relation- 
ships right so I can get 
on track with God. 

I would like to be a 
more positive in- 
fluence on my friends. 

Start ministering to 
my friends about God 
and let God shine 
through me. 

Invite my neighbors 
to church and witness 
to them. Study and 
know the Bible better. 

I plan to get more 
involved in my youth group and I want to get 
along better with my friends. I also want to start 
sharing my faith. 

I need to work on family and friend relation- 
ships, and I really want to try to get involved in 
youth group more and stick to it. Please pray for 
me because I can't do it by myself. 

I want to improve my impact for Christ in 
school. 

Set an example of a Christian in the Navy. Be 
public about my commitment to Christ. Daily 
devotions and prayer time. Know exactly what 
I stand for (doctrine). 

I made a commitn i work on relationships 

with non-Christionfrienc iare with them 

the experiences of this week. 



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The largest Brethren National Youth Conference - 1,866 attended! 



To witness on my public school bus. 

I plan to go to school with fire in my eyes anc 
a heart ready to turn the tide. 

I plan to start a church band. 

Get my mom and brother saved. Make mysel 
more committed to God. 

To start and continue a devotional prograrr 
and get involved in discipleship. 

To be a better spiritual leader in my youtt 

group and in school. 

I will witness mort 
and not be a bad in 
fluence to others, 
will stop things tha 
are stumbling blocki 
to others. I will lovt 
those who hurt me. 

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Operation Barnabai 
next year and then gi 
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France. I also need ti 
have a loving atti 
tude. 

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to my heart. Tvt 

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God. 

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involved. And to love them no matter how thei 
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toward certain people in the youth group. 

To let go of friends and self as things to depenc 
on for strength and let God take over totally. 

I plan to go back and help out my youth group 
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relationships. 



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10:40 A.M. -- Morning Worship 

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Eloy Pacheco - Speaker 
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"A CHURCH WITH A HEALING HEART" 




«ALD/ October 15, 1988 



CURRENT CHRISTIAN ISSUES 



AIDS 



and the Buena Vista First Brethren Church i 

by Ann (Teel) Wharton 



AIDS has stalked into the 
Buena Vista, Virginia, First 
Brethren Church in the person of 
one faithful Christian woman who 
had a questionable blood transfu- 
sion at the wrong place and at the 
wrong time. 

In this particular case, Wanda 
Moore is a longtime church 
member in good standing. What 
if she had been a needy person off 
the streets? What if she had been 
a repentant drug addict with 
AIDS? Or a repentant homosex- 
ual? What would the church's 
reaction have been then? 

Pastor Mick Rockafellow isn't 
sure, but he knows one thing: in- 
dividual churches need to face the 
issue before an AIDS victim walks 
through the door. Both he and 
Wanda believe one of the most 
crucial steps is education. 

Rockafellow recommends that 
pastors and church boards obtain 

literature from physicians and 

public service agencies like the 
American Red Cross. He does not feel that the 
Surgeon General's booklet which was mass mailed 
to American homes is detailed enough to act as a 
primary source. 

Individual churches need to face 

the issue before an AIDS victim 

walks through the door. 

The leaders also need to understand what AIDS 
is and what the victim and those concerned about 
him can expect. Most important is knowledge of the 
three stages of AIDS. In the first stage the blood test 
shows that the AIDS virus (HIV) is present in the 
blood stream. If it develops into the second stage, 
the victim is plagued with AIDS-related complica- 
tions like chronic diarrhea, yeast infections, dry 
mouth and throat, swollen glands, and sensitivity 
to the sun. Wanda was recently hospitalized because 
she was dehydrated from chronic diarrhea. 

Finally, the AIDS becomes full blown. Although 
her doctor hasn't diagnosed her as in the final stage, 




Wanda and Wendy Moore 



she explained: "I might have two days to live; I might; 
have two years. That's the way it is with AIDS. You , 
just don't know." 

Beyond education, Pastor Rockafellow outlined a, 
number of positive steps pastors can take to help the 
situation. "You really have to be sensitive to the in- 
dividual and the impact on the whole family. It's a, 
tough stigma for the family to live with. '"My sister 
has AIDS.' Even 'We have an AIDS victim in the ; 
church' - that's hard to say," he explained. 
. i 

"I might have two days to live; 

I might have two years. 

That's the way it is with AIDS. 

You just don't know." 

One critical need is for honesty and open com- 
munication. Wanda's family had difficulty in accep- 
ting the devastation of the disease. They couldn't 
understand why the doctor couldn't help in some 
way. "Wouldn't exercise or better diet help you?" 
they'd ask. On the other hand, Wanda didn't want 



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CURRENT CHRISTIAN ISSUES 



3 burden her family with her symptoms and prob- 
;ms. So she often glossed over them. 

Finally, Rockafellow was able to arrange a 
neeting with Wanda, her family, the doctor, and 
liimself. "The meeting was the turning point pro- 
iably for all of them -- even Wanda," Rockafellow 
lommented. Wanda's family could tell that her 
loctor really cared. Now they understand just 
nrhat she faces. 

Because of this experience he also recommends 
. close working relationship with the medical per- 
onnel involved in the case. 

Finally, leaders should develop a plan before the 
hurch is faced with an AIDS patient. Will a child 
vith AIDS be allowed to attend Sunday School 
:lass? That's an especially difficult question. 

The Buena Vista church doesn't have a concrete 
)lan yet. "It's all new ground," Pastor Rockafellow 
iaid. "The main thing is that honesty is absolute- 
y essential." 

In this Virginia church the official board, the 
leacons, and others have discussed how such 
:ases should be handled. They have decided what 
hey're going to do about Wanda Moore. They've 
nade their commitment to her, but they don't 
mow what it's going to cost. 

Should the pastor preach about it from the 
mlpit? Rockafellow hasn't written such a sermon. 
'You have to think about how the family would 
eel," he said. And some in the church aren't even 
ware of her condition. 

On the other hand, Wanda was conscious of how 
some members felt if she missed church or had 
:o leave the sanctuary during a service. "Some 
iwere concerned about how I was handling 
everything," she said. But she's sure about how she 
i'eels. "We all have to die some way," she said. "I'm 
'just going to die a little different from most." 

Practical help has come from members of the 
Junior WMC. First, they took food in because Wanda 
Wouldn't shop. Now they take in prepared meals at 
least once a week. And the church has provided 
some financial aid. She appreciates all of it. 

What about the next victim? Rockafellow is 
studying and praying. He pointed to a copy of the 
Spring 1988 Leadership magazine and flipped it 
open to a particular article: "AIDS Policy: Two 
churches search." Articles like that help give direc- 
tion, he said. 

"It's the Lord. It is He 
who has given me strength." 

What's the personal testimony of Wanda Mor 
What of this 39-year-old woman who grew v 
the Brethren church, who served for years in i 
as a district patroness, and who has poure< 
life into the lives of young people? 



She's no martyr, but she gives the credit to the 
tremendous help of the Lord. Faced with the first 
news that her blood showed the AIDS virus in 
August of 1985, she admits she went to pieces. The 
irony is that there is a legitimate question concern- 
ing whether or not she even needed the blood. Six 
months later the surgeon informed her that the 
routine check of blood kept by the hospital show- 
ed that her blood contained the virus. She was ask- 
ed to come in for another blood test. "I was just 
petrified to know that I had gotten a unit of blood 
that had been contaminated." 

The tests confirmed that she was carrying the 
virus. "I had to accept the fact that I had the AIDS 
virus. But since my daughter Wendy was little, I've 
always had a good close relationship with the 
Lord," she explained. After the initial shock of it 
all, she gradually came to terms with her situation. 

She's faced the overwhelming question: Will 
there be enough money to take care of her? As a 
single parent, she has also faced others: What will 
happen to Wendy? Will there be enough money for 
her to enter college this year and complete a four- 
year program? She is sorry she'll miss seeing her 
grandchildren. "You wonder, you know," she said 
simply. 

"I don't worry," she stated positively. "That's one 
thing the Lord has given me: peace. He says not 
to worry about tomorrow. I won't allow myself to 
worry." 



One critical need is for honesty 
and open communication 

For now she and Wendy have their own apart- 
ment, and that's a bright spot. "I vowed that this 
house would be open to anybody Wendy wanted 
to bring here. Now, even now, I have a lot of unsaved 
teenagers here in the evening." 

Pastor Rockafellow has found them there when 
he has visited after the dinner hour. "A number 
of them come just to be with her, sit with her. 
watch television with her," he said. In turn, she 
shares her faith with them. 

She starts each day with the Lord. "I pray. Lord, 
vou have given me another day'" She especially 
likes II Corinthians 12:7-10 and I Thessalonians 
516-18 in the New International Version. She 
parapr' ses. "We are the strongest when we are 
the weakest. I am stronger now than I've ever been 
e Lord," she adds. "God's grace has supplied 
g for me." 

so manv people say. 'I just dont under- 

ou've never been bitter. But it's just the 

I alwavs trv to tell them, 'it's the Lord. He 

It is He who has given me strength.'" 

f His ma. ' ces has been the Buena 

^inia. First Brethren Church. B 



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HOME MISSIONS 



Thanks to Faithful Friends of the Mission 

Navajo Teens Atte 

by Dino Butler 

Like sore-muscled athletes, the passengers 
climbed out of the old bus. Weary of travel and fit- 
ful sleep, they were glad to be home again in their 
quiet community. But for some, their hearts and 
minds had been forever changed by their trip. 

Disembarking from the age-worn vehicle that 
bright Saturday morning at Counselor, NM were 
25 Navajo young people and staff from Grace 
Brethren Navajo Ministries. They had traveled 
more than 900 miles to sunny southern Califor- 
nia to attend the 50th anniversary Brethren Na- 
tional Youth Conference at Biola University in 
LaMirada. 

It was an encouraging trip. One Navajo girl ac- 
cepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior. Others 
made recommitments of their lives to Christ. 

This marked the first time a group of Navajo 
young people this large had attended BNYC Such 
an endeavor had often been considered, but no one 
took the preliminary steps necessary to send those 
who wanted to go. 




NYC 



Twenty-Jive people traveled 

nearly 900 miles from 

New Mexico to California 

to attend. 



the high school group to set aside funds for a tri] 
back to California this fall to attend the Bil 
Gothard Institute in Basic Youth Conflicts. In ad 
dition, a number of post-high students were in 
vited to join the trek to Brethren National Youtl 
Conference to participate in the newly-formee 
Twenties program. 

Funds raised by the Navajo youth themselves 
through car washes and basketball tournament! 
totaled nearly $600. These monies were usee 
toward the teens' travel expenses to the conference 

The Navajo youth had high expectations for the 
week. Yet, most surprising was the realization o 
the number of American young people who are 
genuinely excited about Jesus Christ. Speakers 
communicated the urgency that faithful, commit 
ted Christians should have in a dying world and 
the Navajo teens were challenged to "Turn the 
Tide" in their own community. 



The idea began with three students at Grace 
Brethren Navajo High School: Janette Juday, Ed- 
ward Suina, and Roland Castillo. Janette, the 
daughter of BNM teachers John and Donna Juday, 
attended Youth Conference in 1987 at Salisbury, 
MD Her desire to attend the conference again in- 
fluenced her two friends. Their enthusiasm for the 
project spread to other students and soon 12 Nava- 
jo teens were making plans to raise money to 
finance their trip. 

Unknown to the students, Daron Butler, Navajo 
student at Grace Theological Seminary in Winona 
Lake, IN, was doing a bit of his own fund raising. 
Recognizing the value of helping his fellow Nava- 
jos attend the conference, he worked with Grace 
Brethren Navajo Ministries director Rev. Larry 
Wedertz and the staff at Grace Brethren Home Mis- 
sions. Letters were sent to Grace Brethren people 
around the country, alerting them of the high 
schoolers' desire and the need for funds. 

The response was tremendous. More than 
$22,000 was raised toward the project, enabling 



The faithful contributions and 

prayers of hundreds made this 

dream possible. 

Staff at the Mission feel the trip was a success, 
not only because one girl accepted Christ, but 
because the eyes of others were opened to the op- 
portunities available to them. Attending the con- 
ference would not have been possible without the 
faithful contributions and prayers of hundreds of 
Grace Brethren people. Their gifts enabled the 
Navajo teens to experience the vitality and excite- 
ment of serving God and and to be challenged to 
be equipped to better serve Him. 




Dino Butler is a senior Communications student 
at Grace College. He is the son of Pastor lully and 
Mary Butler. 



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HOME MISSIONS 



Home Missions Conference Review 




Grace Brethren military chaplains present at com- 
mence included (front, left to right) Lt. Col. James T. 
;iwell (USAF); Cdr. G. James Dickson (USN); Capt. 
:harles Card (USA); (back, left to right) Major John 
'atrick (USA); Lt. Dayne Nix (USN); Capt Ben Collins 
JSA); and Col. John Schumacher (USA). 





Roundtable discussions were a vital part of the annual 
Home Mission pastor's conference July 29 and 30 at Palm 
Desert, CA. Mike Wallace, pastor of the Echo Valley Grace 
Brethren Church, Pine Grove, PA, shares an idea with 
others at his table. 



Rick Warren, pastor of 
the fast-growing Saddle- 
back Valley Community 
Church in Mission Viejo, 
CA, stretched the think- 
ing of many Grace 
Brethren pastors during 
the Home Missions 
workshops at Marriott's 
Desert Springs Resort, 
Palm Desert, CA. 



Chaplain John Schumacher presents a commemor- 
itive plate from the Grace Brethren chaplains to retiring 
indorsing Agent Donald F. Carter. The plate recognizes 
he years of service Carter, a retired Army chaplain, gave 
o the Fellowship as endorsing agent. 





Larry N. Chamberlain, assistant executive director of 
3race Brethren Home Missions, presents Don Carter, 
retiring FGBC endorsing agent, with the first Eagle Com- 
mission pin. The Eagle Commission is a program of 
financial and prayer support for Grace Brethren chaplains 
worldwide and is sponsored by Grace Brethren Home 
Missions. Don's wife, Dorothy, looks on. 



An historic meeting of Grace Brethren individuals in- 
volved in ethnic ministries in the United States took place 
July 28 at a Palm Desert restaurant. Representatives of 
Black, Navajo, Hispanic, and Oriental ministries from the 
fellowship met to discuss their work. Here, Jay Bell, mis- 
sions pastor at the Grace Brethren Church, Long Beach. 
CA; Bob Fetterhoff, pastor of the Grace Brethren Church, 
Wooster, OH, also a member of the GBHMC board of 
directors; and Vek Huong Taing, pastor of the Grace Cam- 
bodian Church in Long Beach share experiences. 



*ALD/ October 15, 1988 



19 



HOME MISSIONS 



GBIF Returns Investments 



The Grace Brethren Investment 
Foundation had a good year, Luke 
E. Kauffman, president of the GBIF 
board of directors, told the annual 
conference of the Fellowship of 
Grace Brethren Churches Sunday 
afternoon during the missions 
rally. 

Calling to the platform, the direc- 
tors of three organizations - Robert 
W. Thompson of Grace Brethren 
Home Missions, Larry Wedertz of 
Grace Brethren Navajo Ministries, 
and Tom Julien of Grace Brethren 
Foreign Missions he presented 
checks to each of them totaling 
$45,000. 

"This week at the board of direc- 
tors meeting, with enthusiasm and 
with a unanimous opinion, they 
asked me to do something for 
them and for you, the Fellowship," 
Kauffman said. He explained that 
the reserve funds invested by the 
Foundation have earned a good 
rate of return and that the board 
wanted to share those blessings 
with the three boards. 

He presented Thompson and Julien each checks 
for $15,000 to cover expenses of home and foreign 
missionaries at the conference. To Wedertz, he gave 
an identical check to liquidate remaining expenses 
on capital projects at the Navajo Mission. 




Rev. Luke E. Kauffman, president of the GBIF board of directors (left), presents 
checks totaling $45,000 to Bob Thompson, of Grace Brethren Home Missions 
(center), Tbm Julien, of Grace Brethren Foreign Missions (second from right), 
and Larry Wedertz, of Grace Brethren Navajo Ministries (right). Looking on is 
Walter Fretz, director of the GBIF. 



Kauffman expressed his appreciation to Grace 
Brethren people around the nation who have placed 
their funds in the Foundation to be used in the 
Lord's work. Deposits now total more than $18 
million. 



New Mission Fields Approved 



Three new home mission fields were approved 
by the board of directors of Grace Brethren Home 
Missions during their summer meeting at Palm 
Desert, CA. Financial support to a new Hispanic 
ministry in the Yakima Valley area of Washington 
and two unique team church planting efforts: one 
in the Moreno Valley area in southern California 
and the other in greater Cleveland, Ohio, were 
approved. 

The Hispanic ministry will be led by Abner 
Solanoa, Nicaraguan pastor with a commitment to 
reach the Spanish-speaking people in the Yakima 
Valley. It is an effort which is in conjunction with 
the Northwest District of Grace Brethren Churches. 

In Southern California, Grace Brethren Home 
Missions is teaming with the local district and the 



Grace Brethren Church, Long Beach, to plant a new 
church in the rapidly growing area south of River- 
side and about two hours east of metropolitan Los 
Angeles-Long Beach. Chris Suitt and Mike Smith, 
current staff members at the Long Beach church, 
will be relocating to the area to begin the new work. 
Joe Consentino, a recent Grace Seminary 
graduate, has moved to the Cleveland area to work 
with Pastor Ron Boehm at the Western Reserve 
Grace Brethren Church in Macedonia, which is cur- 
rently a Home Mission point. Consentino is gaining 
valuable church planting experience while survey- 
ing the area to begin another Home Mission 
ministry, either in nearby North Royalton or 
Willoughby. This is exciting - one home mission 
point begetting another! 



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SOME MISSIONS 



The Eagle Commission 

lengthening the Ministry of Grace Brethren Chaplains 




Encouraging and exciting. Those are the 
ards Chaplain John Schumacher (Col.) U.S. Ar- 
y used to describe the Eagle Commission when 
was unveiled during national conference. 
Each of the seven military chaplains present at 
inference were also introduced. 
The Eagle Commission is designed by Grace 
rethren Home Missions to be a strategic link be- 
/een Grace Brethren people and our chaplaincy 
inistry. It is a corps of men and women who will 
>mmit themselves to pray for our chaplains and 
lancially support this new ministry. Each 
ember will receive information on the ministries, 
:tivities, and families of our military Chaplains, 
i well as their stations of duty at home and 
ound the world. Members will also receive an of- 
;ial Certificate of Membership and a com- 
iemorative pin. 

Home Missions recently began overseeing the 
laplaincy ministry in cooperation with the 



Fellowship Council. As part of the program, the 
newly-named FGBC endorsing agent. Chaplain 
(CDR) C. L. Jenkins (CHC), U.S. Navy, Retired, will 
have an office located in the Missions building. 

Grace Brethren Home Missions is excited about 
the opportunity to support our chaplains who 
minister on American military bases worldwide. 
It is compatible with Home Missions' objectives -- 
to see fellow Americans accept Christ, be discipl- 
ed in His Word, and make Him an active part of 
their lives. 

Individuals may become a part of the Eagle 
Commission for a contribution of only $15 a 
month. Funds raised will be used toward the of- 
fice and travel expenses of the endorsing agent, 
regular communications with military personnel, 
prayer letters to members, continuing chaplains' 
education at Grace Brethren workshops, and 
chaplains' expenses at the annual Grace Brethren 
conference. 




Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Jerry Young, United States Army Reserve, introduces Chaplain (Col.) John 
chumacher during the Missions Rally. Looking on are other Grace Brethren Chaplains (Major) John 
tatrick, (Capt.) Ben Collins. (Capt.) Charles Card, all U.S. Army, (Cdr.) Jim Dickson and (Lt. Cdr.) Dayne 
'be, both U.S. Navy, (Lt. Col.) James Elwell, U.S. Air Force, and retired chaplains Don Carter and Or- 
ille Lorenz. 



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FOREIGN MISSIONS 



A Heart to Challenge the World; 

Conference Update 



Toppling the Record 

Loree Sickel, 91 and GBFM's most mature mis- 



active and retired 




Loree Sickel 



sionary, was among 58 
missionaries who attended 
National Conference in 
Palm Desert, California. A 
record attendance of mis- 
sionaries for any national 
conference in GBFM's 
history, 1988 was a year in 
which missionary represen- 
tatives from Argentina, 
Brazil, Central African 
Republic, England, France, 
Germany, Japan, Mexico, 
Philippines, and Spain 
shared their "Heart to 
Change the World." 



Teamwork at its Best 

How does one express ap- 
preciation for a $15,000 gift? 
Tom Julien, Executive 
Director of Grace Brethren 
Foreign Missions, was 
speechless on July 31, at Palm 
Desert, California, when Luke 
Kauffman, Chairman of the 
Board of Trustees for the 
Brethren Investment Founda- 
tion, presented him with a 
check for $15,000 to cover the 
costs of sending missionaries to national conference. 
Said Luke, "This week at the Board of Directors 
meeting with enthusiasm and with a unanimous 
opinion, they asked me to do something for them 
and for you, the Grace Brethren Fellowship. 

"Tom, we know that you've had tremendous costs 
this year at GBFM and one of those costs was to get 
your missionaries to this convention. We believe that 
our fellowship wants us to give to your organization, 
our organization, GBFM, a gift of $15,000 to care for 
some of those expenses." 

He went on to explain that they were able to do 
that because 18 million dollars in investments had 
drawn good interest rates in 1987 and that there was 
"not one draw on any of those reserves because of 
bad debts." 

Amidst sighs, tears, and smiles from the audience, 
Tom Julien uttered the only word that he could to 
express his appreciation, "Thanks." 




Tom Julien 




Roy Angle, Cheryl and 
Greg Shipley 



Seven Commissioned Foi 
Missionary Service 

On Sunday, July 31, 
seven appointees were 
commissioned into 
missionary service 
with Grace Brethren 
Foreign Missions. They 
were: Roy Angle, 
England; Martin and 
Kristy Guerena, Mex- 
ico; Tom and Laura 
Hickey, France; and 
Greg and Cheryl Shipley, England. 

Before the actual laying on of hands, each mis 
sionary was charged by a close friend. Said Mike anc 
Margie Brubaker of the Philadelphia First Grace; 
Brethren Church to Greg and Cheryl Shipley, ". . 
always keep your spiritual life a priority and neve: 
let the mission work prevent you from prayer, wor 
ship and reading the Word of God . . . have a flexi 
ble spirit . . . when dealing with pressure and peo 
pie, have a tough hide and a tender heart and nevei 
reverse the two . . . Never, never, never give up." 
The Shipleys have raised $23,650 of their $43,00( 
support level. They will be able to leave for Englanc 
as soon as this is promised. Until that time, the 
Shipleys are living in Philadelphia and are continu 
ing to gain prayer and financial support. 

Wayne Hannah, pastor o: 
the Richmond, Virginia GBC 
and a member of the Europe 
Committee of the GBFM 
Board of Trustees, told Ro> 
Angle, "Roy, don't ever forgei 
that success in ministry is 
not measured by statistics. II 
is proven through faith 
through spiritual stamina 
and through obedience. The 
power and sufficiency of the 
Word of God is all you need 




Tom &. Laura Hickey 



"Be careful not to rely on 
your fellow workers, upon 
GBFM, upon your suppor- 
ting cast of pastors and 
churches, and especially 
upon yourself for your 
strength. These will fail 
you, but Christ and His 
grace is yours wherever 
and forever ..." 

Roy was the featured Kristy &, Martin Ouerenc 




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FOREIGN MISSIONS 



[uest at a sendoff service in Waynesboro, PA. Roy 
lopes to leave for England at the end of October. 
! Doris Julien, pioneer missionary to France, 
challenged Tom and Laura Hickey with these 
vords, "Tom and Laura, work as a team. Be flexi- 
ble when the unexpected happens. Use your home 
|o show concern and love. Be positive with your 
Children about the ministry and French people. 
Maintain healthy relationships with your team- 
nembers. And remember, that the work is God's 
ind that things happen only through prayer ..." 

The Hickeys have received $17,000 of their 
545,000 support level. They cannot leave for 
anguage school until this has been promised. Un- 
il that time, Tom has been named Missionary in 
Residence at Grace College and Theological 
seminary for the 1988-89 school year. The 
dickeys' top priority remains to visit churches to 
|ain prayer and financial support. 

Phil Guerena, pastor and former GBFM mis- 
sionary, shared one of the most important things 
he has learned in the ministry with his son and 
daughter-in-law, 2 Tim. 2:2. "I consider this the 
main thrust of my ministry . . . literally pouring 
myself out and investing many hours in lives of 
other men who will do the same with their con- 
verts. I pray for them and with them. It is my hope 
that you'll be thoroughly convinced of giving up 
jyour lives and time to fully invest in the lives of 
lyour men . . . Martin, I hope you're really sold on 
discipleship, because you are one of the best 
disciples God has ever given me." 
| The Guerenas have received $17,000 of their 
$34,300 support level. They cannot leave for Mex- 
ico until that amount has been promised. However, 
they were able to leave for language school in 
McAllen, Texas in September. Since Martin speaks 
fluent Spanish, he will be working part-time and 
Ichurch planting with home missions in McAllen 
while Kristy is in language school. 

Changing The World at the 
GBFM Breakfast Challenge Hour 

Tom Julien gave everyone who attended the 
GBFM challenge hour on August 3 an opportuni- 
ty to change the world. "That is," he said "if you 
believe as I that prayer changes the world." 

"Our task in the Christian ministry is not to go 
into the world and carve out a civilization like the 
early Americans did when they came to the U.S. 
Our task is to go into a world where our in- 
heritance is already awaiting us. As the children 
of Israel who crossed the Jordan, everything was 
mapped out and yet they could only do it with 
God. The enemy was there. They could only 
occupy what they claimed. And this morninj 
through prayer, we're going to claim parts of the 
world." 

RALD/ October 15, 1988 



And for ten minutes people prayed for the needs 
that 44 missionaries had shared earlier in the 
morning. Here are a few: 

"I believe that Brethren people have a heart to 
change the world and your heart of compassion 
has rolled up its sleeves with our arms, has put 
on rubber with our shoes, and I thank you for be- 
ing your ambassadors to France." Carolyn Nord, 
Chalon, France 

"One of my dental patients in the CAR told me 
that he had a toothache for 4 years. I thank God 
for the opportunity to minister to brothers and 
sisters in Christ who have dental problems, a 
chance to train nationals to provide dental care, 
and the opportunity to use dentistry as an 
evangelistic outreach tool in the Central African 
Republic." Dave Daugherty, Bangui, CAR 

"The apostle Paul bared his heart with the Cor- 
inthians, and I with you, when I tell you with him 
that we don't want you to be unaware of the af- 
flictions which came to us in England. We were 
burdened excessively beyond our strength, but 
we trust not in ourselves, but in God who will 
deliver us." Elinor Steele, Solihull, England 

"Over the past 6 years God has repeatedly been 
teaching me that in His great work, prayer is no 
minor matter. It is our privilege, our responsibili- 
ty, our high calling. I thank Him that through 
your prayers and our prayers He is building His 
church in Leonberg, West Germany." Denise 
Ramsey, Leonberg, West Germany 

"My heart is moved to compassion daily as we 
minister in the Central African Republic. When 
I had my classes for pastors they really sacrificed 
to come. Many of them literally walked 15-25 
miles. They really are hungry to hear God's 
Word." Bob Skeen, Boguila, CAR 

"The nation of Uruguay is the newest 
testimony of the Grace Brethren Church. It is con- 
sidered the most difficult country in Latin 
America to reach and has a vibrant testimony. 
The reason is that Argentina. GBFM's oldest ex- 
isting field, has new vision and has sent a fami- 
ly to Uruguay to plant a church. I'm glad to be 
a part of that new effort and new life." Stan Nairn. 
Buenos Aires, Argentina 

"My situation this morning is a good illustra- 
tion of our situation since Roger took over the 
responsibility as European area director^ years 
ago He's not here and I am. At that time he gave 
up the church to two very capable German men. 
Pray for us as we learn to lead separated lives. 
Nancy Peugh, Stuttgart. West Germany 

-My heart was deeply moved when just a few 
months ago Mrs. Kioko Hirato said with tears 
welling up in her eyes. 'I'm so thankful that God 
senty a here to tell us about Jesus Christ. Ike 

Graham. Osaka, Japan 



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Generation 



Generation 



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From mother to daughter to granddaughter and 
now, even great-granddaughters, generations of 
Grace Brethren people have seen the Grace Brethren 
Investment Foundation as part of the future — not 
only theirs but the future of the Fellowship of Grace 
Brethren Churches. 

The GBIF is important to reaching future generations 
with the Gospel. We provide low cost growth loans to 
Grace Brethren Churches nationwide. We help buy land, 
build buildings, and renovate existing facilities. It's all a part 
of insuring that congregations in our Fellowship have adequate 
places to meet the spiritual needs of families in the years to 
come. 

Invest in the future. Invest in the Grace Brethren Investment 
Foundation. 

Grace Brethren Investment Foundation, Inc. 

Box 587 Winona Lake, IN 46590 
(219) 267-5161 (Call Collect) 



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FELLOWSHIP NEWS 



FELLOWSHIP NEWS 

National Conference 

at Palm Desert, California 



Our National Conference was set in one of the 
lost beautiful and unusual places in the country this 
ear. The Brethren enjoyed the place and the pro- 
ram. We would like to give you a visual souvenir 
om the Conference to stir up pleasant remem- 
rances for the attendees and implant a desire to be 
1 attendance next year for those who missed this 
inference. (Photos by Charles W. Turner) 




| (Top right) Cosy Pittman and Joni 
?njoyed the fellowship of each other at 
I luncheon on Wednesday afternoon, 
[oni's message was inspiring. 

1 (Above) Roy Roberts met with an old 
iend, Chuck Colson on the platform, 
oy, who is now Chaplain at Grace 




Schools, was associated with Mr. 
Colson in the Prison Ministry 
Fellowship. As usual, Mr. Colson's 
presentation was a dynamic one. 

Information will be coming in 
future issues of the Herald regarding 
next year's Conference. 

Post Conference 
Hawaii Tour 

(Left) Thirty-eight Brethren 
extended their conference trip with 
fourteen days in Hawaii. The Herald 
tour group was lead by Julie and 
Ralph Colburn and Charles and 
June Turner. The members of the 
tour came from many parts of the 

continued on page 26 



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FELLOWSHIP NEWS 



' 



United States including Florida, 
Ohio, Indiana and California. It was 
one of those all-inclusive tours with 
not too much time spent at any one 
location. The islands of Hawaii, 
Maui, Molokai, Lanai, Oahu and 
Kauaii were all visited as were all the 
Brethren churches. 

The Herald has been sponsoring 
trips in connection with our Con- 
ference for the past fifteen years. 
The Herald is planning a spring trip 
to London with forty-eight persons. 
It appears all of the places are now 
reserved for this London tour. 

DEATHS 

MAUGANS, JOHN R., 70, August 
24, 1988. He was a member of the 
Grace Brethren Church of 
Hagerstown, MD. Ray Davis, pastor. 

ST. PHARD, NATASSIA TOROIAN, 

13 months old, July 26, 1988. She 
was the granddaughter of Rev. and 
Mrs. Simon Toroian. John E. 
Gregory, pastor. 

SPRANKLE, DOROTHY E., 59, 

August 8, 1988. She was a member 
of the Grace Brethren Church, 
Hagerstown, MD. Ray Davis, pastor. 

VOORHEES, DUEY, 82, a former 
missionary to the Central African 
Republic, passed away on August 
22, 1988. He was a member of the 
Waimalu (HI) Grace Brethren 
Church. Services were conducted 



by pastors Harold Dunning, Ward 
Miller, and Robert Whited, with 
burial in Long Beach, CA. 

MARRIAGES 

BOWERS: Anita Clapper and 
Kevin Bowers, June 18, 1988, in the 
Leamersville Grace Brethren 
Church, Duncansville, PA. John 
Gregory, pastor. 

HEUSTON: Susan Lee and Brad 
Heuston, August 13, 1988, in the 
Grace Brethren Church of Mar- 
tinsburg, PA. Bill Snell, pastor. 
KURTZ: Jami Jeffries and Doug 
Kurtz, July 23, 1988, in the Grace 
Brethren Church of Martinsburg, PA. 
Bill Snell, pastor. 

SCHNEIDER: Adele Engle and 
Paul Schneider, July 16, 1988, in the 
Grace Brethren Church of Waterloo, 
IA. John Burke, pastor. 

CHANGE YOUR ANNUAL 

AVEY, Tom, 100 Homestead Dr., 

Lititz, PA 17543. 

COCHRAN, William, 316 McArthur 

St., Tallassee, AL 36078. 

DAUGHERTY, David, c/o Jim 

Bishop, P.O. Box 826, Delaware, OH 

43015. 

DAVIS, Chuck 3807 N.E. 19th Street 

Circle, Ocala, FL 32670. 

DELOE, Jesse, 501 Pierceton Rd., 

Winona Lake, IN 46590. 



FAIRMAN, Rick, 523 Oak Glen D 
Warsaw, IN 46580. 
LACKEY, Clarence, 2800 Agusi 
Ln., No. 115, Hays, KS 67601. 
LAMBRIGHT, Brad, 969 Richi 
Ave., Lima, OH 45805. 
ROCKAFELLOW, Michael, R. • 
Box 243, Lexington, VA 24450. 
OCALA, FL, The address of th 
Ocala Grace Brethren Church is: c/ 
Pastor Chuck Davis, 3807 N.E. 19t 
Street Circle, Ocala, FL 32670. 
LIMA, OH, The address of th 
Grace Brethren Church of Lima, Ol 
is: c/o Pastor Brad Lambright, 96 
Richie Ave., Lima, OH 45805. 
PALMYRA, PA, The address of th 
Grace Brethren Church of Palmyra 
PA is: 799 Airport Rd., Palmyra, P, 
17078. 

NEWS UPDATE 

CLAYHOLE, KY, Ray Sturgill isth 
new pastor of the Grace Brethre 
Church, Clayhole, KY. His telephon 
number is 606/666-7767 
CHARLOTTE, NC, Ralph Wiley i 
serving as the interim pastor of th 
Grace Brethren Church of Charlotte 
NC. He would like to know of othe 
Brethren in the Charlotte area so h< 
may make contact with them. Th' 
address of the church is: 511' 
Tuckaseegee Rd., Charlotte, N( 
28208. 



Letters from Our Readers 



Congratulations on 
a great piece you did 
on Larry Poland. 

The article brought out in 
very strong words the messages 
which so desperately need to be 
preachedfrom Brethren pulpits 
today (and I doubt seriously if it 
is happening very many places. 
It certainly is not in our area). 

I feel that TV is the single 
worst influence on Christians of 
all ages. Rock music and TV are 
the ruination of almost all 



Christian kids as I see it. No 
wonder we as evangelicals have 
almost no power to win the lost 
- our lifestyles are so much like 
theirs in all too many cases that 
they can well ask, "Why should 
I get saved?". And what can we 
say? 

Maryland 



Before I get sidetracked with 
necessary business, I want to let 
you know how much the August 



15th Herald was enjoyed, 
couldn't put it down andfinalh 
read it cover to cover. I began a 
page 18-19 and wen* 
backwards, then finished th> 
entire issue. I knew the Lei 
Polman family, but did no 
know Leo began camp Betham 
. . . or didn't remember. Later ii 
1955 Gerald Polman becarra 
our furlough pastor. Thank yoi 
for a splendid issue. I have no 
even had dinner yet and it fc 
7:30. 

Long Beach, Ci \ 



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EDITORIAL 




The Good Old Days 



There is something about this 
time of year that makes me think 
of the good old days. Thanksgiv- 
ing and Christmas and New 
Year's Day all cause me to reflect 
on the past. What the "good old 
days" were and when they occur- 
red are not always too clear in my 
mind. Yet, there is always the 
temptation to think that 
everything was better at a given 
time in our lives. 

Recently we took our two 
grandchildren on a trip to show 
them the "good old days". We 
took a trip on the train - not any 
old train mind you, but an old 
fashioned one. It was a steam 
engine with smoke and whistles 
and dirt - not any old plain dirt, 
mind you, but good old coal soot 
dirt! 

Our grandchildren, Tara and 
Nate, are 8 and 6 and we thought 
the trip would be fun. So, we 
went to southern Indiana for the 
day to travel from Connersville to 
Metamora, an old canal town of 
the 1860's. The trip covered 16 
miles through the hilly, wooded 
section of the state. The sixteen 
mile trip was supposed to take an 
hour and a half. Instead, it took 
an hour and forty-five minutes, 
so we traveled at a speed of less 
than ten miles per hour! Down 
the hills we did quite well, but at 
a slight incline we slowed down 
quite a bit. In fact, at one point 
I looked out the window and a 
butterfly going the same direc- 
tion passed us. Now remember, 
that this is the "good old days". 

Back at the station, we got in 
the car to return home. The air 



conditioning was turned on, the 
stereo played some soft music 
and the one-hundred-and-thirty- 
mile trip back to Winona Lake 
was accomplished in less time 
than the 32 mile round trip by 
train. 

The trip home was a pleasant 
one. We had visited the "good old 
days" briefly. It was a good day 
and we would not trade our trip 
for more pleasant surroundings. 
However, if asked if we would like 
to try the same trip again soon, 
the answer is, "NO!" 

There is always the 
temptation to think 
that everything was 
better at a given time 
in our lives. 

Many of the things we look 
back on are more pleasant in 
memory than they were in reali- 
ty. I guess that is what we call 
nostalgia. Our memories some- 
how remove the unpleasant and 
permit the best to remain. It is 
best that way. If I really think 
about the past, I am not too cer- 
tain that I would like to return to 
the "good old days". I always 
hated corduroy knickers. They 
somehow gave a whishing sound 
that I didn't like. Sneakers were 
really not that great and I still 
can't understand how folks can 
pay $60.00 for pair of Nikes. 

I began to fully realize 
something about the "good old 
days" when I read about Mike 
Brown at Clemson University. I 



by Charles W. TarneTi 



remember my $500.00 a yea' 
charge for room, board, tuitioi 1 
and a rather sparse room. Bu 
now Mike is reported questionin; 
whether he can survive withou 
his personal computer, modem 
color television, microwave oven 
video cassette recorder, sterei 
system, telephone answerinj 
machine, and refrigerator in hi:, 
room. 

Enough for comparison, it ii 
the time of year to regather a:? 
families for the Thanksgiving 
and the Christmas seasons - th<i 
thoughts of past years and th( 
remembrances of the family as i 
once was. Each year seems t( i 
take its toll on all of us. Some are 
no longer with us. Such time: 
reinforce our heritage and our 
past. They are rather like the olc 
guideposts. All of this is good: 
but there is no going back to thei 
"good old days". We are now in 
the present working out the solu 1 
tions for the future. This is the. 
way it has been and this is the 
way it shall be. 

So the memories of the past 
are colored by our good feelings 
of how we thought things were.; 
The activity of the present is 
made positive by our being sur- 
rounded by many good things. 

The hope of our future is 
made possible by our trust in; 
God. El 



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November 15, 1988 




2 Editorial 

The Good Old Days 

Charles W. Turner 



4 Devotional 

Praise be to God 

Raeann Hart 
6 BEM 

Christ's Modus 
Operandi 

Juan M. Isais 



7 CE 
CE News 



17 Home Missions 



Meet Our Grace 
Brethren 

12 Current Christian Issues Chaplains 
New Age Liz Cutler 

Movement 

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14 WMC 

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22 Fellowship News 



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DEVOTIONAL 



"Praise be to God, 

who has not rejected my prayer 
or withheld His love from me!" 



Psalm 66:20 NIV 



"Celebrate the Feast of the Harvest with the 
firstfruits of the crops you sow in your field." 

Exodus 23:16 NIV 

Lord, In Your word, You commanded the 
Israelites to celebrate a Harvest Festival each year. 
You wanted the people to remember that every 
good and perfect gift is from You. You encouraged 
the people to celebrate and to remember to give 
You thanks. 



"Every good and perfect gift is from above, com- 
ing down from the Father of the heavenly lights, 
who does not change like shifting shadows. He 
chose to give us birth through the word of truth, 
that we might be a kind of firstfruits of all He 
created." 

James 1:17, 18 NIV 

Father, thank you for giving us every good and 
perfect gift. Help us to remember to thank You, not 
just at this time of year, but every day throughout 
the year. Help us to live thankful lives, fruitful lives, 
lives grounded in Your word of truth that bring 
glory to You. Help us to give You the firstfruits of 
our time and our talents as well as our tithes to 
show our thankfulness. 



"Let us come before His presence with 
thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto Him 
with psalms." 

Psalms 95:2 KJV 

Lord, as we come into Your presence, help us to 
be filled with thanksgiving, not just for what you 
have done for us -- which is so abundant that we 
could never mention everything you have done -- 
but for who You are. You are ever present, all know- 
ing, all loving, full of mercy and justice, ever forgiv- 
ing. Forgive us for our selfishness and our self- 
centeredness and help us to live more thankful 
lives. 



"Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: 
Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. Th 
Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, 
but in everything, by prayer and petition, with 
thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And 



the peace of God, which transcends all 
understanding, will guard your hearts and 
minds in Christ Jesus." 

Philippians 4:4-7 NIV 

Lord, I rejoice in the knowledge that You love me 
just the way I am, that You have forgiven me and 
will use me to share Your love with others. Lord. 
I rejoice that You have promised me peace. Peace, 
not as the world gives, but the peace that passes 
all understanding and is eternally from You. 

"Shout for joy to the Lord. 

all the earth. 
Worship the Lord with gladness: 

come before Him with joyful songs. 
Know that the Lord is God. 

It is He who made us, 

and we are His: 

we are His people, 

the sheep of His pasture. 
Enter His gates with thanksgiving 

and His courts with praise: 
give thanks to Him and praise His name. 
For the Lord is good and 

His love endures forever: 
His faithfulness continues 

through all generations. 

Psalm 100 



Lord, Give Us Thankful Hearts 

by Raeann Hart 

For home and friends and food and drink 

We thank you Lord. 
For lofty thoughts You let us think 

We thank you Lord. 
Thoughts of eternity, joy, love, 

forgiveness true, 
fellowship, peace, a home above, 

all come from You. 

Many more gifts Your Word imparts 

than we can say. 
Oh Lord, give us all thankful hearts 
from You today. 



BRETHREN EVANGELISTIC MINISTRIES 



Christ's Modus Operandi! 



by Juan M. Isak 



Jesus did not rest on His considerable renown. Ac- 
cording to Matthew 9:35-38, He went from to town 
to town, seeking out the lost and preaching the 
Gospel. He healed physical infirmities as well as 
every emotional and spiritual distress among the 
people. He sought them out because the people of 
His time, like those of today, wandered like sheep 
that had no shepherd. 

For Him, they were not simply away from the 
Kingdom of God; they were outside of it. If only the 
church of today would return to its first love and 
follow His example, the world would once again see 
Christ incarnated in our passion for individuals and 
for souls. 

I firmly believe that one point for beginning to 
reach the world consists of the following: that those 
who are in charge of our theology accept that there 
is one indubitable fact in the church and in the 
revelation of the Scripture. What is the fact? That 
from the very moment of his conversion to Christ, 
and regardless of any external circumstances, God 
gives the new believer the capacity to handle eter- 
nal truths in an adequate way, above all adjusted to 
the needs of the person who receives his message. 

The determining factor in evangelism is not the 
Christian, but the non-Christian, in order for God 
to select the method to be used. 

If only the church would 

return to its first love 

and follow Christ's example. 

God does more than His share, one might say to 
guarantee that the non-Christian world has no ex- 
cuse. His capacity to identify an individual as a sin- 
ner in need of God, Who is his only hope, is many- 
sided. The multiform grace of God, wisdom of God, 
and His multiform methodology are permanently 
in action. Day after day, God does not wear out His 
creativity. He never needs to repeat ideas or 
methods, for as we discover in Ephesians 3:20, God, 
by the power at work within us, is able to do far more 
abundantly than all we ask or think. 

Thus the total mobilization of all believers is 
necessary for testimony. I believe that just as the sun 
comes up day after day, so the qualitative and quan- 
titative growth of the church is in direct relationship 
to the success we have in teaching the ordinary 
believer that when it comes to sharing the message 
of salvation, in the moment when he is willing to 
give testimony, he is more capable than the profes- 
sional communicator. 



It was hard for me to understand this principle] 
but the longer I live the more I am convinced ths. 
there is a big difference between teaching and trairj 
ing. Training, in the sense of repeating concepts oj 
practicing activities, is necessary in certain areas, 
for example, in learning to play a musical instru 
ment. But in regard to evangelism, this type of trair.'j 
ing dislocates the individuality of the person' 
eliminates his creativity, and traumatizes him. Fo 
that reason, when we methodize the churcl 
members, we also transfer to them a high percen. 
tage of guilt, because once we teach them "how': 
they tend to become mechanized. 

The determining factor 

in evangelism is not the 

Christian, but the non-Christian 

in order for God to select 

the method to be used. 

If someone does not respond as expected to th< 
established pattern, the witness becomes frustratec 
and distances himself from this most beautiful prac 
tice of the Christian life, which is, of course, shari 
ing what great things God has done for him and houi 
He has had mercy on him. 

If you could take the time to investigate this prin. 
ciple, you would easily find thousands of trained: 
people who have self-destructed. They no longer try] 
to talk about the Lord. Furthermore, any time theyi 
attempt to do so fills them with terror and shame.: 

In the secular world, the opposite is often true.i 
The more a person is trained, the more he produces. 
But in evangelism the situation is reversed, because? 
the quality of the communication is the prerogative 
of God. For our part we must obey and keep the' 
equipment clean and in contact. M 



Juan M. Isais is the Director of the Latin 
American Mission in Mexico and Senior Instructor 
for First Love Renewal. This article is excerpted 
from The Other Evangelism, a book soon to be 
published by Brethren Evangelistic Ministries in 
cooperation with Juan Isais. 




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HERALD/ November 15, IS 



GBC CHRISTIAN EDUCATION 



Training Priorities 
Set For 1989 



Ed Lewis, executive director for 
GBC Christian Education, 
recently announced training and 
:eadership priorities for the 
national CE office. "These are 
priority areas we want to help 
churches develop during 1989," 
said Lewis. 

Lewis and his staff worked 
jhrough a list of local church 
ssues and needs in order to 
petermine one priority emphasis 
or each age group. The national 
Christian Education office then 
plans to use these priorities as a 
"ocus for their publications and 
ninistry programs. 
i For children's ministries, GBC 
Christian Education will em- 
phasize the need for churches to 
evangelize unchurched children. 
''We believe the greatest need in 
children's ministries is for Grace 
Brethren churches to aggressive- 
ly reach unchurched kids," said 
'Ed Lewis. "Many of our churches 
are putting all their efforts into 
ievangelizing and discipling 
children whose parents attend 
church. We need to reach beyond 
(the church walls." 

Concerning local church youth 
Iministries, a similar theme is 
'emphasized. "For youth pastors 
and youth workers, we want to 
provide strategies and ideas for 
Ireaching unchurched youth," 
jsaid Lewis. 

The priority focus for adult Sun- 
day school classes will be bonding 
(class members to each other and 
ithe class. This concept incor- 
porates the need for the care of 
church attenders to be organized 
(through Adult Bible Fellowships 
i(adult Sunday school classes). But 
going beyond this level, "bonding" 
Emphasizes that class members 
peed to develop friendships within 
[the class and feel wanted and 
needed in the class. 
I GBC Christian Education will 
[be emphasizing to pastors the 
need to evaluate and set church 
priorities, strategies, and goals. A 
[general emphasis to all believers 
in the church will be to "verb- 



alize your faith." In order to en- 
courage specialized ministries to 
senior citizens, singles, the hand- 
icapped and others, the national 
CE office will challenge churches 
to target and implement at least 
one new ministry this year." 

New Team Leads CE 




New CE leadership team: (left to 
right) Ed Lewis, Chery Otermat, Ed 
Underwood, and Brad Skiles. 

October 1 was a significant 
beginning for GBC Christian 
Education. It marked the start of 
a new leadership team guiding 
the CE ministries. 

Not since 1976 has the 
national CE office had a full-time 
executive director. On October 1, 
Ed Lewis began his full-time 
employment with CE as Execu- 
tive Director. October was also 
the official transfer of new re- 
sponsibilities to the three direc- 
tors: Chery Otermat, Director of 
Girl's Ministries and Assistant 
Director of Short-Term Missions; 
Brad Skiles, Director of Church 
Relations and Resources; and Ed 
Underwood, Director of Person- 
nel and Finance and Assistant 
Director of BNYC. 

The new positions were 
created to help CE service and 
encourage Grace Brethren 
churches in the development 
strong biblical leadership. Please 
pray for this team as they lead 
CE's ministries. 

CE Re 

Dc 
Grt 

The national CE office recently 
donated over 1,500 books and 



resources to the Grace College 
and Theological Seminary 
library. The treasury of Christian 
education books and materials 
were contained in the GBC Chris- 
tian Education resource room. 
Ed Lewis, Executive Director for 
CE, said. "This was another way 
we could encourage Grace and 
assist them in training church 
workers and leaders. The books 
will continue to be available to 
our staff and now they will be 
much more accessible to Grace 
students." 

The books expanded a section 
of the library that will be 
valuable to students studying 
Christian education ministries. 

CE's Time Workers 

Please pray for these CE TIME 
(Training In Missionary 
Endeavor) workers currently 
serving: 

Deb Austin (Warsaw, IN 
GBQ/Central African Republic 

Karen Broach (Lexington, OH 
GBC)/Navajo Mission 

Melissa Buriff (Wooster. OH 
GBQ/Navajo Mission 

Andy Moyer (Dillsburg, PA 
GBC)/Navajo Mission 

Sean and Joanne Murdock 

(Warsaw, IN GBC)/Brazil 
Anita Snyder (Columbus, OH 
GBC)/France 

National CE Awards 
Honor Growth 

Several National CE Awards 
were presented at the National 
CE Convention, August 4. 1988. 
Receiving "Church of the Year" 
was the La Mirada. California 
Creek Park Community Church. 
The church has grown in morn- 
ing worship attendance from 111 
to over 250 in the last five years. 

The Norton, Ohio Grace 
Brethren Church was recognized 
for their consistent growth in 
Sunday School and effective 
organization. This church was 
named. "Sunday School of the 
Year." 



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VOLUME 10, ISSUE 9 
NUMBER 127 

We are all in the process of settling down to the Fall schedule and routine. It is not always as easy as we would like, 
because not everyone wants to settle into the schedule at the same time. I trust you will have a good Fall ministry. 

A pre-Christmas mailer is enclosed this month. Look it over and if we can be of help to you in getting your Christmas 
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The Gallup Poll reports that 52% of U.S. teenagers believe in astrology. College education had no impact on adults and 
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This is one of the current best sellers. John MacArthur's new book, The Gospel Acccording to Jesus, deals with the 
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A new book by Moody, Great Leaders of the Christian Church, is a well-done work. It gives the stories of sixty-four 
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If this reaches you on Monday when you are cashing your paycheck, please take it all in the context of Bible knowledge 
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some 25 billion bucks and his home town is Bandar Seri Begawan. How about that? The second guy on the list is irom 
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M's, Kal Kan dog food and, of course, Mars bars. The first two guys are oil men and the last is in the sweet- 
ness. 

Another month and we trust that all will go well. The Lord willing I will be back in about 30 days. 



Sincerely 




Charles W. Turner 
CWT/os 



tALD/November 15, 1988 



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CURRENT CHRISTIAN ISSUES 



The 



New Ase 




Are you a member of the New Age Movement 
if you have a rainbow in your house, own a toy 
unicorn or have watched "Star Wars" or "The 
Dark Crystal"? Is there a conspiracy 
throughout the world subtly trying to invade 
our culture and remake everything to fit New 
Age concepts? Or is the New Age Movement a 
figment of the imagination? 

Books about the New Age Movement and 
Christian publications trying to confront this 
movement abound. What factors have brought 
about such interest? What is the New Age 
Movement? 

Secular Humanism has invaded everything 
from the media to our school textbooks in the 
past few decades. Secular humanism basical- 
ly tries to remove religion from all facets of life. 
To find purpose without religion, materialism 
has overtaken as the most common "god" in 
our country. After years of searching for mean- 
ing in acquiring more and more goods, many 
people are still searching for true meaning in 
life. The stage is set for the entrance of a "new" 
philosophy. The New Age Movement offers 
what many people seem to be looking for. It 
embraces many forms of Eastern Religions, 
practices and consciousness-raising, but its 
main thrust and belief common throughout is 
that "We are god." New Age Philosophies in- 
clude belief in reincarnation, all are one, all are 
god, humanity is god, all religions are one, we 
can change our consciousness, and humani- 
ty can evolve into peaceful, perfect beings. 

A Pastor in Winimac, Indiana offers his opin- 
ion regarding the threat of the New Age Move- 
ment, "The single most important threat is the 
Eastern Religion Movement. The trouble is that 
it is a movement, not a religion in itself. It is 
made up of hundreds of religions and you can't 
track them all. The New Age Movement is old 
paganism revisited, the resurrection of the an- 
cient lie of Satan himself which says, 'You can 



>t*meiit 




by Raednn Hart 



be god. We are god. Each one of us is god 
Isaiah records the account of the fall of Sa 
and how he fell because he thought he coul 
be like God. There is nothing that is mor 
against Christianity. The root of all sin is no 
letting God be God and saying, 'I can do wha 
I want with my life.'" 

To sum up the philosophy of the New Agi 
Movement is the premise that humans, "wil 
not die, but will be like God, knowing good am 
evil". This sin sounds amazingly like the ser 
pent's words to Adam and Eve in the Garde: 
of Eden. 

An Indiana Pastor commented that the Ne 
Age Movement, "is a major problem and it id 
everywhere." A pastor in Florida feels even 
more strongly and said, "I think it is a high! 
organized network." Indeed, the evidences ol 
New Age philosophy seem to be everywhere 
New Age philosophies have been proclaime 
in all types of music, including Country 
Western, which normally is the least effecte 
by the current culture, with songs such as th< 
recent American Music Award winner that pro 
claimed reincarnation through the lives of 
highway man, bridge builder, starship captain 
Movies such as the "Star Wars" trilogy pro 
claim a "force" that is both good and evil and 
is in all and through all. "The Dark Crystal" 
showed the merging of the totally evil with the 
gentle mystics when the crystal shard was 
returned to its rightful place. 

New Age philosophies have entered the world 
of Physics with books such as "The Tao of 
Physics" and "Foundation and Earth". Shirley 
MacLaine has become a spokeswoman for the 
New Age Movement with books such as "Out 
on a Limb" and "Dancing in the Light". In a 
recent miniseries starring MacLaine, she was 
seen dancing along a seashore proclaiming, "I 
am God". 

Many celebrities and even a well known talk 



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low host are New Age sponsors. "Unmask- 
ig the New Age" recounts a guided medita- 
|on that actually occurred in a Los Angeles 

lblic school classroom of first graders en- 

Duraging them to "imagine . . . that you are 
lerfect." 

Once you are familiar with the New Age 
ihilosophy, it is much easier to see evidences 
jf the movement throughout our culture. I 
scently visited with a new college student 
|iome for the weekend from a well-known art 
{chool. When asked what his biggest adjust- 
lent was to the college scene, he remarked his 

lazement at the high percentage of students 
mo are "into New Age religions". 

Many good organizations have become in- 
filtrated with New Age philosophies. Large cor- 
porations have hired firms to present motiva- 
jional seminars for their employees only to find 
lat the presentations are filled with New Age 
philosophies and eastern religious practices, 
lolistic health, animal rights and world peace 
groups begin with sound principles, but many 
^ave been subtly converted into groups. pro- 
claiming New Age ideas. 

Some New Age organizations have not been 
Jsubtle at all. One New Age church in Florida 
js constantly advertising in the local 
lewspapers encouraging people to join them 
lo "learn how to read palms, tarot cards, and 
Conduct seances." 

What can Christians do to become more 
iware of the New Age Movement? First, there 
ire a number of good books available which 
^ive information on the movement. The Bible 
idvises us to be "wise as serpents and gentle 
is doves." Matthew 10:16 

Most importantly, we must be people of t 

/ord. One pastor said, "We have gotten s- 
from being people of the Word - God's ■ 
jful word, sharper than a two-edged sv 

lust remain in His Word to remain 

11ALD/ November 15, 1988 




The Bible keeps our spiritual immune system 
healthy so we won't fall for spiritual diseases." 

When a banker goes to school to learn how 
to spot counterfeit money, he first spends much 
time getting to know what real bills are like - 
how they feel, smell, look. When he really 
knows what the legitimate object is like, then 
he can spot a counterfeit. In the same way. it 
is vital that we Christians know our faith so 
well that we can spot a counterfeit. This comes 
from studying the Word regularly, hearing the 
Word preached at church, participating in 
Bible studies, praying continually and living 
the Word in our lives. 

No, we are not gods and we will not grow to 
be more like a god as we seek our inner levels 
of consciousness. Only by .letting the Holy 
Spirit live in us, having a knowledge of Jesus 
Christ as Savior, will we be able to live forever. 



Good Resources to Learn More 
about the New Age Movement: 

BOOKS „ *. «fic>5 

Unmasking The New Age, Douglas Groothuis $6.95 

Confronting The New Age. Douglas Groothuis $7.95 

Out on A Broken Limb, F. LaGard Smith $6.95 

The Lure of the Cults. Ronald Enroth $6.yo 

The Truth About the Lie. David R. Mains 

PAMPHLETS s , 95 

Spi-i> Channeling. Brooks Alexander 

■line & the New Age Movement. 

James W. Sire 81-95 

. Age Movement. Douglas R. Groothuis $ .75 

;hese publications are available from the 

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WOMEN'S MISSIONARY COUNCIL 



Growing Up in Christ in England 



Our lives as material humans 
operate in a sphere of time -- we 
live by clocks and schedules -- 
some are concerned with time, 
others are obsessed. 

We all have the same amount of 
time in each day, and the way we 
spend it is significant. Some peo- 
ple waste time -- accomplishing 
nothing. Others spend it wisely, 
making investments in peoples' 
lives and in matters that have 
eternal importance. 

Time is irretrievable -- each mo- 
ment happens only once, never to 
be repeated - a moment cannot 
be slowed down or sped up. Life is 
measured according to its events, 
so when we think of our Christian 
life we measure it by events as 
well. "Growing up in Christ" 
speaks of the process of maturity 
which comes by way of the events 
God brings into our lives. 

We have found ourselves in 
England serving our 6 years, ask- 
ing two questions: 

1. What is the Profit? 

2. What is the Purpose? 

In reference to profit: without 
God in perspective, it's all emp- 
tiness and futility. We have been 
led through the corridors of crisis 
in this last term. (Phil's dad, Phil's 
illness, car stolen, Derek's fall, 
Bill's accident.) If we doubted 
God's sovereignty for a moment, 
we'd be consumed in self-pity. But 




by Elinor Steele 

Missionary to England 



He has allowed us ministry like 
we've never known. 

In reference to purpose: we 
realize that apart from God there 
is no purpose. God is the focus of 
our message. We have HOPE 
knowing that God has established 
the orderliness of all that hap- 
pens! He is never surprised! 

God has called us to a ministry 
of compassion. In our last term 
God has brought into our lives 
and our church a widow, a single 
mother with two children, a fami- 
ly with a Down's syndrome child, 
an older divorcee and now, a 
Christian brother in prison. We 
never asked for these specifically, 
but we did ask God to allow us 
ministry in people's lives. He 
chose these means. 

We don't want to miss God's 
timing and His ability to work 
things out His way. So often our 
problem is not so much what hap- 
pens, but our perspective after. 
Someday a life will be drawn 
through history and I will be left 
with eternity to contemplate my 
contribution in TIME. 

The closeness to Christ that 
comes through suffering and sor- 
row runs very deep. We thank you 
on behalf of the believers in 
Solihull and ourselves, for praying 
us through the last 3 years. Please 
NEVER STOP. WE PROMISE WE 
WON'T. 



WMC OFFERING 

First Quarter (Sept., Oct, Nov.) 
National Project 

Home Missions ~ Replace carpet in Missions Building 

National Goal: $9,000 
Thank Offering 

For purchase of portable cellular telephone for stewardship 
service and remainder to Christian Ed. for remodeling office 
and rooms. 




Elinor Steele and her family, 

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Scripture 
Memorization 

Ephesians 4:14-16 

Then we will no longer be 

infants 
tossed back and forth by the 

waves, 
and blown here and there 
by every wind of teaching 
and by the cunning 
and craftiness of men 
in their deceitful scheming. 

Instead, speaking the truth 

in love, 
we will in all things 
grow up into Him 
who is the Head, that is, 

Christ. 

From him the whole body, 
joined and held together 
by every supporting 

ligament, 
grows and builds itself up in 

love, 
as each part does its work. 



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persons who accomplished their Bible reading, a few even finishing in April and May! In my 
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HOME MISSIONS 



Meet Our Grace Brethren Chaplains 

Their witness has had a spiritual impact 
on the men they serve! 



It has been more than 50 years since the first 
race Brethren pastor was endorsed to serve as a 
haplain in the U.S. military. Beginning with men 
ke Don Carter, Orville Lorenz, and Ernie Pine, 
lore than 28 men have ministered in the military 
a a full-time basis. It hasn't always been easy, 
hey have served through World War II, the Korean 
onflict, and Vietnam. Although none have died 
uring battle, many have been recognized for acts 
f bravery while under fire. 
But most importantly has been the spiritual im- 
act our chaplains have had on the men they 
erve. More than once, a chaplain has seen 
hanged lives as a result of a battlefield witness 
r a chapel invitation. 

Presently, ten men serve in the U.S. armed forces 
s full-time chaplains. Several others are involved 
n a reserve basis. 

Full-time officers include those in the U.S. Ar- 
ry - Col. John Schumacher, Fort Richardson, AK: 
lajor John B. Patrick. Fort Monmouth, NJ; Capt. 
:harles Card, 38th Signal Battalion, Germany; 
!apt. Gary Patterson, Fort Sill, OK; and Capt Ben 
lollins, Fort Stewart, GA. In the U.S. Navy are Lt. 
'.dr. John L. Diaz, USS Hunley; Cdr. Grover James 
Mckson, Port Hueneme. CA; Lt Dayne Nix, Pearl 
larbor, HI; and Lt. John (Jack) Galle, Groton, CT. 
ierving in the U.S. Air Force is Lt. Col. James T. 
:iwell. 

John Schumacher, 54, 
has served in the U.S. Army 
as a chaplain since 1965 
and is currently the staff 
chaplain for the U.S. Army 
in Alaska. 

"Unmistakably in 1959, 1 
felt a deep longing to be a 
Chaplain," he recalls. 
"Some say this was a 'call.' 
I feel it was." After 
graduating from Grace 
Theological Seminary in 
1963, he served as an 
issociate pastor in Dayton, OH. In the past 23 years, 
Dol Schumacher has served two tours of duty in 
/ietnam, spent two years in Korea, and served at 
he U.S. Army Chaplain School in Fort Monmouth, 
tj, in addition to various other assignments around 
be continental United States. He also has had the 
anique opportunity to attend the Army War College, 
me of only a few chaplains who have ever been 




invited. His current assignment finds him respon- 
sible for the work of 20 other chaplains on three 
installations in the state of Alaska. 

Col. Schumacher is a graduate of Bob Jones 
University with a B.S. degree in Elementary 
Education and was a graduate from Grace 
Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity 
degree. He also holds a Master's degree from Long 
Island University and has taken four quarters of 
accredited clinical pastoral education at Lutheran 
Medical Center and Brooklyn (NY) Veteran's Ad- 
ministration Hospital. 

John and his wife, Martha, have two daughters, 
Laurie, who is married to Home Mission pastor 
Louis Huesmann and resides in Hartford, CT; and 
Julie, of Columbus, OH: and two sons, John, and 
Eric, at home. The Schumachers are members of 
the Winona Lake (IN) Grace Brethren Church. 

John B. Patrick, 43. is 
definite about his purpose 
for being an Army chaplain. 
"God called me to this ser- 
vice and I had no choice if I 
wanted to be in His will," he 
says. Presently stationed at 
the Army Chaplain's School 
at Fort Monmouth, NJ, 
Patrick serves as a small 
group leader, guiding nine to 
15 chaplains through the ad- 
vanced course, teaching 
some phases, facilitating 

group processes, etc. It's a unique opportunity that 
affords him the chance to get acquainted with in- 
coming Grace Brethren chaplains. 

Major Patrick is a graduate of the University of 
Oregon with a B.S. in Political Science and received 
a Master of Divinity degree from Talbot Theological 
Seminary in 1975. He has also received a masters 
degree from the University of Oregon in Institutional 
Technology and studied at Drew University. 

An Army chaplain since 1975. Patrick served in 
the National Guard prior to coming on active duty. 
He has served as battalion chaplain on military 
bases in Maryland and Oklahoma in addition to a 
tour in Darmstadt, Germany. 

He met his wife, Georgia. 43, while they were high 
school students in Eagle Point. OR. They married 
after her college graduation and they now have lour 
daughters, Katherine, 19, twins Connie and Carolyn, 
17, and Rebekah, 12. 




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HOME MISSIONS 




Charles D. Card started 
out to be a military in- 
telligence officer. But while a 
student at the University of 
Hawaii, he felt the Lord 
leading him in a different 
direction. 

"I was involved with the 
Army ROTC program," he 
says. "I was able to change 
my branch to the chaplaincy. 
You can say that I got 'Divine 
Intelligence,'" he adds. 
A bachelor, 33 -year-old 
Card is presently battalion chaplain for the 38th 
Signal Battalion, the largest in the U.S. Army and 
the only battalion that supports the Pershing Com- 
mand. His assignment in Schwaebisch Gmeund has 
also placed him in close proximity to Grace Brethren 
missionaries serving in Germany. "The fellowship 
with them is truly rewarding," he says. 

Card holds a degree in Speech and Communica- 
tions from the University of Hawaii and received a 
M.Div. degree from Talbot Theological Seminary. 
Prior to active duty in 1983, he served as Chaplain 
Candidate on reserve status for four years. 

Card accepted Christ when he was 12 years old 
at a Five-Day Bible Club sponsored by the Waipio 
Grace Brethren Church in Hawaii. The pastor visited 
his home a short time later, and as a result, his 
parents also became Christians. His family con- 
tinues to be involved in the Waipio GBC. 

Benjamin F. Collins m is 
the FGBC's newest Army 
chaplain, having arrived for 
active duty at Fort Stewart, 
GA in June. But military life 
is not new to the 35-year-old 
man. He served in the Army 
from May 1975 until August 
1978 as a 1st Lieutenant 
working with military in- 
telligence in Augsburg, West 
Germany. 

Collins became a chaplain 
when he recognized the 
opportunity to serve God and country and that he 
could apply his ministry skills and gifts in working 
with needy service members and their families. His 
first assignment finds him working as a battalion 
chaplain in the 24th infantry division. 

A graduate of Columbus College, Columbus, GA, 
Collins also holds a Th.M. degree from Grace 
Theological Seminary and a Master's of Business 
Administration from Pepperdine University. 

Collins met his wife, Philinda, 33, through his 
stepfather, who worked with her at Glen Eyrie, the 
Navigator's Conference Center and Headquarters 
near Colorado Springs, CO. They met in the court- 
yard there and 14 months later, exchanged vows 





in the castie. They now have a year-old daughte 
Emilynn. 

The Collins are members of the Grace Brethre: 
Church, Simi Valley, CA. 

Gary Patterson ac 
cepted Christ while he wa 
an enlisted man in the A: 
my through the ministry c 
a Grace Theological Sen 
inary graduate. "Based o 
this, my desire was to be 
part of the need for th 
Gospel message to servic 
members," the 34-year-ol 
says. He has served as 
chaplain since 1985 an 
presently is stationed at th 
Field Artillery Headquarter 
in Fort Sill, OK. This fall, however, he is being trans 
ferred to Korea. 

Capt. Patterson is a graduate of America; 
Technological University in Killeen, TX with a B.£ 
degree in Social Services and Rehabilitation. H 
received a Th.M. degree from Grace Seminary ii 
1985 and a M.Div. degree in 1986. He served eigh 
years in the army, attaining the rank of Stal 
Sergeant (E-6) before he left to enroll in seminan 
While in seminary, he served five years in the In 
diana National Guard as a platoon sergeani 
chaplain candidate and finally as a chaplain. 

He met his wife, Jaci, 32, at a social function ii 
1973. "I gave my phone number to one of her friend 
asking her to call me," he recalls. "After our first cor 
versation (five hours in length!), Jaci stated to he 
friends and family, 'This man is my husband!'" 
The Pattersons are members of the Grac 
Brethren Church, Warsaw, IN. 

G. James Dickson has 
served as a chaplain in the 
U.S. Navy since 1969. A 
graduate of Bryan College 
and Grace Theological 
Seminary, he has also 
studied at Grace College, 
Ashland College and the 
University of Puerto Rico. 

Currently stationed at the 
Naval Construction Battalion 
Center in Port Hueneme, CA, 
the 56-year-old Dickson 
serves as pastor of the 
Protestant Chapel on base. Prior to his arrival ii 
1985, he served on various ships and naval air sta 
tions world wide, including a stint in the Philippines 
He met his wife, June, 59, in the dining room a 
Bryan College where they were students. They wen 
married in 1953 and now have four marrie( 
children: John, Jacqueline, Joel, and Jill. 

The Dicksons served as missionaries to Puerti 
Rico for eight years with GBFM. Their home is thi 
Grace Brethren Church, Mansfield, OH. 




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HOME MISSIONS 




Dayne Nix has learned a 

— _„^ lot about faith since his 

enlistment as a U.S. Navy 
Chaplain in 1985. Recently, 
he was transferring from one 
ship to another via 
helicopter in preparation to 
sail back to Pearl Harbor. 

"The ship I was going to 
was hurrying to catch up 
with an oiler to refuel," he 
recalls. "The helicopter I was 
on matched the speed of the 
ship, about twenty-one knots 
12 mph) sideways, and then proceeded to lower me 
) the deck (about 20 feet) by cable. What an exciting 
me! Stepping out of the helicopter into the air with 
nly a thin cable to hold me up took a great deal 
f faith, I have to admit," he adds. 
Chaplain Nix served in the U.S. Marine Corp as 
communications officer from 1974 to 1979, then 
erved as pastor of the Hackberry Hill Grace 
irethren Church in Arvada, CO from 1980 until he 
egan active duty. A graduate of the University of 
!olorado with a degree in International Relations, 
,e also received a M.Div. degree from Conservative 
iaptist Theological Seminary. 
"I recognized the need for spiritual leadership 
/hen I served in the Marine Corps," says Nix, 36. 
I felt drawn back into military service and saw that 
was qualified for duty as a chaplain. I see it as 
auch-needed ministry that needs to be filled by 
piritually motivated men of God." 
Currentiy in his first tour of duty as a chaplain, 
fix serves with the Destroyer Squadron-35 in Pearl 
larbor, HI where he works with a squadron of seven 
hips with 2,100 personnel. 

Both Dayne and his wife, Linda, 35, grew up in 
[he Arvada church and were married shortly after 
ler high school graduation. They have three 
laughters, Shayna, 13, Karen, 10, and brand new 
uny, born on September 2, and a son, Jaron, five. 
The Nix continue to be members of the Hackberry 
lill Grace Brethren Church. 
John (Jack) Galle joined 
pe ranks of Grace Brethren 
|nilitary chaplains last 
month when he arrived at 
pe Naval Submarine School 
It Groton, CT. He is one of 
hree Chaplains who 
ninister to the 1,100 staff 
md 2,300 students there. 
The Naval Submarine 
school is the largest such 
chool in the fleet. 
Galle, a Lieutenant, has 
Jeen serving in the U.S. 

'Javal Reserve for the last two-and-one-half years 
it the Marine Air Base Squadron 49 in Willow 
jrove, NJ. 






He entered the chaplaincy because of his burden 
for the men in the military. "By wearing the 
uniform, you can reach guys who would never 
come to church," he says. During the years in the 
reserve, this became greater until he decided to 
enlist full time. 

Jack, 33, pastored the Grace Brethren Church 
at Hope, NJ from 1984 until he resigned to accept 
the chaplaincy position. During those years, he 
saw it move from being a Home Mission point to 
being a self-supporting church. 

He and his wife, Judy, 34, have two daughters. 
Julie, nine, and Jackie, seven. 

John L. Diaz, 44, recent- 
ly was transferred to Pen- 
sacola, FL, where he serves 
as base chaplain. Until 
August of this year, he 
served on the USS Hunley. 
a submarine tender based 
at Norfolk, VA. where he 
was command chaplain for 
the 1,100 men and women 
stationed on the ship. He 
has also served as battalion 
chaplain for Marines based 
in Camp Pendleton. CA and 
Okinawa, Japan and at the U.S. Navy boot camp 
at Orlando, FL. He has been a chaplain since 1981. 
A Florida native, Diaz is a graduate of Florida 
Atlantic University with a B.S. in Physical Educa- 
tion and Grace Theological Seminary with a M.Div. 

decree 

He and his wife, Brenda, 45, have two children 
and one grandchild. They are members of the 
Grace Brethren Church, Orlando, FL. 

James T. Elwell is the 
sole Grace Brethren 
Chaplain in the U.S. Air 
Force but that has not 
hindered him from impac- 
ting lives in that branch of 
the military. Since he 
entered as a chaplain in 
1973, he has served on 
eight air bases, including 
Anderson Air Force Base in 
Guam and High Wycombe 
Air Station in Great Britain. 
This summer he was 
assigned to the Tactical Air Command head- 
quarters in Virginia where he serves n staff agen 
cy capacity for chaplain readiness and mspec ore 
for 24 Tactical Air Command bases in the United 

8 Entering the chaplaincy and the >***££* 

almost a natural for the 40-year-old chaplain. 

"My father served 27 years as an Air Force den, 
tal officer and our pastors 




were mainly chaplains. 



IALD/ November 15, 1988 



HOME MISSIONS 



he says. "The role models and environmental fac- 
tors were part of my lifestyle." 

He is a graduate of Ohio State University where 
he received a B.A. degree in English Literature. He 
was graduated from Grace Theological Seminary 
in 1972 with a M.Div. degree and also holds a 
Master of Arts degree in Religious Education from 
Presbyterian School of Christian Education 
(Virginia). 

Friends in Campus Crusade at Ohio State in- 
troduced Elwell to his future wife, Cynthia. "Our 
first date was only two hours," he recalls. "We were 
engaged within six months." 

The couple now has three children: Amy, 16; 
Kenneth, 14; and James, Jr., two. 

Prior to going on active duty, Elwell pastored the 
Fairlawn Grace Brethren Church in Akron, OH. 
Home now is the Grace Brethren Church of 
Greater Columbus, OH. 



Grace Brethren Chaplains 

Since 1943, more than 28 Grace 
Brethren men have served the United 
States Armed Forces as full-time chaplains. 
Some of them include: 

Bearinger, Charles, U.S. Army 
Brock, John Dale, U.S. Navy 
Burris, Lee, U.S. Army 
Card, Charles, U.S. Army 
Carter, Donald F, U.S. Army 
Collins, Benjamin F, U.S. Army 
Diaz, John, U.S. Navy 
Dickson, G. James, U.S. Navy 
Elwell, James, U.S. Air Force 
Flory, Wayne, U.S. Army 
Fuller, Carlton, US. Air Force 
Galle, John (Jack), U.S. Navy 
Hatch, Burton G., U.S. Army 
Hutchens, James, U.S. Army 
Jenkins, C. Lee, U.S. Navy 
Jones, Duane, U.S. Army 
Jones, Emlyn, U.S. Army 
Lindberg, Paul O., U.S. Army 
McNeely, Richard I., U.S. Navy 
Morr, Harold F, U.S. Air Force 
Nix, Dayne, U.S. Navy 
Orville, Lorenz, U.S. Army 
Patrick, John B., U.S. Army 
Pine, Ernest F, U.S. Army 
Schumacher, John W., U.S. Army 
Shiery, Floyd W., U.S. Army 
Talley, John D. Jr., U.S. Army 






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Hurricane Gilbert 
Impacts Church I 

It was labeled the most powerful Atlantic ston 
ever and was expected to plow into the souther 
coast of Texas full force. Hurricane Gilbert was caus 
for concern in Brownsville, a city of more tha 
84,000 people, and nearby McAllen, the newest sit 
of a Grace Brethren church planting effort. 

"We taped our windows," says Iris Soto, pastor' 
wife at McAllen and a native of the area, of their e ' 
forts to prepare for the storm. 

When the storm actually hit south of the Texas' 
Mexico border, it spawned high winds and tornados; 

While not as serious as anticipated, the storm iiri 
pacted the church planting efforts. Their first Thurt: 
day evening Bible study was forced to be cancelei 
and church planter Robert Soto had opportunity to 
share his faith with others in the community as h>. 
helped bag sand in downtown McAllen